Thursday, June 28, 2007

Goizueta Foundation Awards $2.6 Million To YMCA

CHICAGO — The Goizueta Foundation has awarded a grant of $2,612,055 to pilot early childhood outreach for Hispanic communities at five YMCA program sites in Georgia.

The grant will also provide funds to conduct national research and program development on early childhood education and care for Hispanic children and provide immediate need-based tuition assistance to children at the proposed YMCA early childhood centers in Georgia over three years.

The Goizueta Foundation funding will enable YMCA of the USA to work with the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Moultrie (GA) YMCA and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia to initiate a program entitled Welcoming Hispanic Families at selected program locations. The program is specifically designed to address the challenges of serving the growing Hispanic community by providing bilingual staff and staff support, culturally relevant curricula, and professional development opportunities to help retain staff.

"I am very pleased that the Welcoming Hispanic Families program will help us to develop new resources to engage Hispanic children and families in YMCA early childhood education and care," said Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA. "The pilot program in both rural and urban settings will certainly have an important impact on how we improve our service to Hispanic communities, while generating positive services and improvements to the communities themselves."

The project will involve local collaborations and long-term community-based planning and research to develop new ways to engage the Hispanic community in YMCA early childhood education in Georgia and, eventually, at other Ys throughout the country. For more information about the YMCA, please visit their Web site.

The Goizueta Foundation, established in 1992 by Roberto C. Goizueta, aims to support educational programs that promote sustainable change and have a long-term impact in the community. In this case, The Foundation has identified a growing need to assist undeserved Hispanic families in Georgia. As a large grant covering a small geographical area, it has the potential to do the greatest good.

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