Area organizations receive student engagement mini-grants

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – United Way of the Wabash Valley Monday announced mini-grant awards from its Youth Success Impact Council.

The Youth Success Council developed the Youth Success Student Engagement mini-grant program, for up to $5,000 each, for community organizations or schools to aid in enhancing student engagement and work to improve long-term student attendance rates.

Seven organizations received mini-grants totaling $29,418. The awardees include:

  • Ben Franklin Elementary School – Tokens for Books – Provides reward tokens for students based
    on attendance to be traded in for books.
  • Hamilton Center – Youth Mentoring – Provides a relationship with a caring adult who works with
    youth to achieve their potential.
  • Merom Methodist Church – The Way Forward – Provides local students with an environment
    conductive to learning with tutors, internet access, and healthy snacks.
  • Northeast East Elementary School – Significant Relationships – Develops relationships with
    mentors to assess and keep students on track academically.
  • Sarah Scott Middle School – Success for Sarah Scott Scotties – Encourages student attendance
    and engagement by incentivizing with rewards to the school store for purchase.
  • Southwest School Corporation – Carlisle Middle School – Hosts virtual activities to get students,
    parent and faculty all involved and engaged in learning activities together.
  • Vigo Virtual Success Academy – Student Success Kits – Provides STEM-related kits and books to
    encourage family engagement.

“2020 brought many challenges to the Wabash Valley and education is certainly no exception; however, these challenges have been tougher for children of hardship, leading them to fall even further behind and perpetuate the cycle of generational poverty,” Seth Carter, volunteer chair for the Youth Success Resource Team said. “The United Way of the Wabash Valley created the Youth Success Student Engagement Program to empower and invest in local groups who believe in the future of our community and understand the significant role that education provides.”

This is the first community investment from the Youth Success Council.

“Our initial round of applications showcased the many methods in which programs provide an immediate impact to the community as well as demonstrate a relentless dedication to providing all students with an opportunity to succeed in school,” Carter said. “Personally, I’m humbled and excited to be part of a passionate group that continually collaborates with local community members to develop creative solutions to provide all students, regardless of background, an opportunity to learn.”

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