IDAHO AFTERSCHOOL NETWORK AWARDS MINI-GRANTS
SEVEN PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT IDAHO BENEFIT FROM FUNDS FROM INDIVIDUAL DONORS AND THE IDAHO INDEPENDENT BANK
BOISE, ID-February 21, 2017– Idaho Afterschool Network (IAN) announced it was able to award seven from their first annual mini-grant competition. IAN rallied community partner the Idaho Independent Bank, as well as individual community members, to fund the needs of Idaho’s out-of-school programs.
Fifty-seven programs applied for grants to fund nutritional snacks, field trip costs, materials, youth scholarships, books, musical instruments and other needs. The total in requests was over $70,000.
“We are still a relatively new program and didn’t anticipate the volume of responses we would receive. Our initial thought was that we’d have enough to fund 3 to 5 applications, and maybe get 10,” said Marie Hattaway, Director of the Idaho Afterschool Network “Given the increase, we put the call out to the community to help our network fund as many programs as possible, and were grateful to raise enough to fund additional requests.”
Out-of-school programs increase access for youth to develop STEM or workforce skills. They are also allies in the statewide education goal for grade-level reading and help improve overall academic outcomes and build excitement for learning. Additionally, these programs reduce involvement in juvenile crimes, drug and alcohol use as well as rates of teen pregnancy.
“We deeply appreciate our community members and the Idaho Independent Bank in helping provide much needed funds for out-of-school programs,” said Hattaway “These programs are enriching young minds and building brighter futures for youth and our communities. We will continue to work hard to ensure they can carry on the invaluable work they do.”
The out-of-school programs that were selected to receive funds include:
Morley Nelson Community Center, Afterschool STEM Program in Boise, $455 for STEM supplies
United Way of Southeastern Idaho, Slide into Summer Reading Program at Wilcox Elementary School in Pocatello, $300 for summer reading kits
TRIO Educational Talent Search, Sho-Ban High School in Bannock County, $600 for Chrome Books to access online higher education resources
Hope House in Marsing, $300 for materials to supply their greenhouse
The Bridge Community Center, Sparks Program in Kellogg, $500 for musical equipment
University of Idaho Extension – 4-H Youth Development, Ada & Canyon Counties $300 for STEM and art supplies
Wood River Community YMCA’s, Alturas After School Kids Club, $500 for youth scholarships
For more information on the programs that were funded with the IAN 2017 mini grant campaign or to donate to the fund, visit http://idahoafterschool.org/ians-mini-grant-2017-finalists/ .
To find quality out-of-school programs, search IAN’s listing http://idahoafterschool.org/search/ .