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EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Quality education & learning opportunities are vital to our community. Education funding opportunities might include early learning programs, college and career readiness and literacy campaigns.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County (BGCGTC) has served our communities’ youth since 1926, providing services that meet diverse family and community needs.  During the current crisis, the Boys & Girls Club is positioned to address many complex issues for underserved and low-income families through Mobile Food Distribution and its On-Site Youth Program for summer and fall.  BGCGTC has identified ten concentrated communities/apartment complexes where children are not accessing online learning or food.  In response, BGCGTC is prepared to utilize its bus and van fleet to transport approximately 1,400 meals per day.  In addition, the Boys & Girls Club opened its On-Site Youth Program for Summer and Fall on June 1 with seven locations serving 63 children ages 6 to 12 per site per week.  BGCGTC will serve 400 youth each week through this camp-stylized programming.

Amount Requested: $500 up to full funding of $50,000 appreciated

Since 1962, the Child Study Center at Cook Children’s has been providing children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities the highest quality diagnosis, treatment, and education to help them achieve their full potential. In 2017, the Child Study Center formalized its longstanding partnership with Cook Children’s by joining the health care system. To lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Child Study Center facility is currently closed to patients and students. Since the Child Study Center is a part of the Cook Children’s Health Care System, they are using their facility as a temporary child care option for employees of Cook Children’s who are essential workers. This allows the Child Study Center to provide a needed service to the community and keeps its specialty-trained staff working during these uncertain times.

Amount Requested: $500-$50,000

  • $5,000 helps to provide games, art supplies and toys for the 120+ children being cared for by staff everyday
  • $10,000 provides staff with cleaning supplies and PPE to keep the center open for essential worker childcare
  • $25,000 will help cover tuition payments for those families impacted by COVID job loss/furlough and unable to pay

Cristo Rey Fort Worth (CRFW) equips young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum integrated with relevant work-study experience, students graduate ready to succeed both in college and in life. Since COVID-19, all Cristo Rey Students need Chromebooks to be able to work and learn off-campus, as well as, hotspots and a ZOOM business account with minimal licenses. Social/emotional classes and counseling are still being provided off-campus, but funding is needed to add filtering software that can identify self-harm dangers off-campus. CRFW students are considered low-income families, 93% of whom are minorities and among the hardest hit economically. Families have been given the option to defer tuition payments, but those experiencing job loss and furlough will be prevented from continuing to support their tuition payments.

Amount Requested: $500-$40,000:

  • $10,000 for secure counseling sessions for students and filtering software that can identify self harm dangers off campus
  • $30,000 will help with tuition payments for families who have lost jobs and income due to COVID-19
  • $40,000 to purchase Chromebooks, hotspots and a Zoom business account with minimal licenses

HOPE Farm is a leadership program guiding at-risk boys to become Christ-centered men of integrity. Leadership begins at home. However, 100% of the boys in the program are fatherless. Therefore, HOPE Farm also embraces each child’s mother and provides her with the tools and support that she needs to parent her son successfully. With 42% of HOPE Farm’s mothers working in the service industry and 60% of mothers either unemployed or experiencing reduced working hours due to COVID-19, many additional needs have arisen for HOPE Farm families. On top of the increased need for basic needs such as food, toilet paper, hand soap, disinfectant, and other household items, 35% of mothers were unable to pay their rent and utilities.

Amount Requested: $10,000 – $40,000

  • $10,000 will help to provide the facilitation of educational games and DIY activities for the boys who are home to participate in virtual weekly meetings with mentors.
  • $15,000  will provide food and other basic needs to the HOPE Farm families each week.
  • $40,000 will help provide rental and utility assistance to families in need

Key Center provides services to students with learning differences through a supportive educational environment focusing on them as individuals. Many of the students at the Key School require ample accommodations, assistance and therapy in order to succeed in an academic setting. In order to continue educational services during COVID-19, administration began distance learning through online resources.  They have been able to provide reliable devices to upper school students, but equipment for the elementary students is older and unreliable.

Amount Requested: $500-$18,000 for new laptops, online storage, video conferencing subscriptions and various supplies to continue remote learning.

Out Teach develops curriculum based on the value of experiential learning. Out Teach offers professional development for teachers and hands-on school curriculum. School closures continue to impact students and families. Early studies based on “summer slide” data suggest that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will return to school in fall 2020 with roughly 70% of learning gains in reading and 50% of learning gains in math compared to a 20% slide in reading and a 27% slide in math in a normal school year.  There will be a different educational environment in fall 2020 – likely to feature “blended learning” – with students splitting time between campus and learning virtually from home.

Teachers need project-based learning courses that help students balance screen time with hands-on learning. Additionally, the inclusion of outdoor learning opportunities will be key to realizing the proven benefits of time outdoors to alleviate stress and anxiety. Donations are requested for OutTeach to develop four new science courses, and to pilot new learning courses in summer for broader use with North Texas district partners in the 2020-2021 school year.

Amount Requested:  Donations of $250+ to fund the project cost of $40,000.

Read Fort Worth is launching the Road to Readiness for summer, bringing basic needs resources to families, technical assistance training to parents, and tangible instructional resources to students.  To achieve their full academic potential, students and families’ basic and psychological needs must first be met.  In this spirit, Read Fort Worth is mobilizing dozens of community partners towards a common goal: to meet students where they are – in homes and in neighborhoods extending across Fort Worth – and ensure all students have the resources to return to school this fall ready to learn.

Total Project Cost: $250,000

  • 1,500 families visit neighborhood resource hubs at a cost of $12.28 per student
  • 2,000 students identified by Fort Worth ISD receive a porch visit at a cost of $51.10 per student, which includes Fort Worth ISD teachers teamed-up with neighborhood champions and social workers
  • 5,000 families use weekly instructional materials created by FWISD for PK-3rd grade
  • More than 5,000 students receive basic health and social emotional supports to enter school ready to learn

Amount requested: Donations of $500 or more appreciated

University of Texas at Arlington Foundation has an Emergency Aid Fund (EAF) that was established in 2015 to support students facing financial crises that may impact completion of their education. Since the COVID-19 crisis hit, EAF applications by vulnerable students have spiked from about 100 per year to 380—in a week. Their low-income students have lost jobs, face food insecurity, and cannot pay rent or utilities. The University has already taken steps to defer tuition payments, drop late charges, continue to pay student workers, refund residence hall and dining expenses, etc. UTA is requesting funding to provide:

  • One-time $500 emergency aid fund grants to 100 students experiencing financial hardships as a result of Covid-19 and have exhausted all of their federal aid.

Amount: $500 – $50,000

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth has been in Fort Worth for 130 years helping the community and fulfilling its mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  As a result of COVID-19, the YMCA closed its facilities except for two preschool/childcare centers.  It is collaborating with the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County to provide childcare for first responders.  It has also expanded its Y Feeds Kids, which helps combat food insecurity and child hunger, from four sites to nine plus two additional elementary schools. This program fills the gaps in access to free and reduced meals during the summer and after-school hours by providing healthy snacks and meals to kids who live with food insecurity. 

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is seeking funding in the amount of $175,000 to maintain the following two programs for five months, however all amounts are accepted and appreciated.

Amount Requested: $500 – $175,000

  • $90,000 for the Preschool Program ($18,000 x 5 months) – for children 6 weeks through 5 years of age at two unique centers serving low-income families: the Amaka Development Center and the Ella McFadden Early Childhood Learning Center
  • $85,000 for the Y Feeds Kids program – Emergency expansion to include Grab-n-Go meals that will continue through Aug. 31, 2020

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If you have any questions about funding a nonprofit project, please contact Vicki Andrews at vandrews@northtexascf.org or call 817.877.0702.

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