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Summer Youth Service Programs Awarded Funds

Friday June 21, 2013

Media Contact: Rebecca DeJarnatt, 574-0854
Phil Miller, 574-1901 / 439-4726

Summer Youth Service Programs Awarded Funds  
Mini-Grant Program Helps to Prevent Summer Learning Loss  

The Louisville Out-of-School Time (OST) Coordinating Council awarded $70,104 in grants to 15 community organizations to help make the summer a time of learning. The funds will help support reading programs, academic camps and enrichment activities for about 800 children.

The council’s partners – Louisville Metro Government, Metro United Way and Jefferson County Public Schools – worked together to combine resources to provide the grants. Their work is a component of the $765,000 Wallace Foundation grant awarded to Louisville last year to implement YouthPrint, a comprehensive initiative for improving the quality and effectiveness of out-of-school resources and boosting participation by children and teenagers, and creating a coordinated system for out-of-school time activities.

“The city and its partners are committed to creating a robust network of out-of-school programs to ensure children learn year-round, even when not in the classroom,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “These grants help support these worthy programs.”

Following are the mini-grant award recipients:


  • 1+1= U , programming at Shawnee Arts and Cultural Community Center, 607 South 37th Street, $5,000 for the Summer Youth Enrichment Program
  • Americana Community Center, 4801 Southside Drive, $5,000 for its Summer Youth Program
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana – Newburg Club, 5020 E. Indian Trail, $4,968 for its Summer Reading Program
  • Canaan Community Center, 2840 Hikes Lane, $5,000 for the Summer Exploration Camp
  • Family and Children's Place, programming at Meyzeek Middle School, 828 S. Jackson, $4,784 for CLASP (Collaborative Learning After School Program)
  • First Gethsemane Center for Family Development, 1159 Algonquin Parkway, $5,000 for the First Gethsemane Academic Enrichment Program
  • Highland Park Community Development Corp., 3500 Shanks Lane, $3,000 for the HELP Summer 2013 Enrichment Program
  • Lighthouse Promise, Inc., 5312 Shepherdsville Road, $5,000 for Exploring New Horizons Summer Program
  • New Directions, Brandeis Apartments, 925 S. 26th Street, $5,000 for California Connection Summer Program
  • Plymouth Community Renewal Center, 1626 West Chestnut Street, $4,392 for the Summer Academic Enrichment Program
  • Presbyterian Community Center, 701 S. Hancock Street, $4,960 for the Dream Catchers Summer Program
  • St. George’s Community Center, Maupin Elementary, 1312 Catalpa, $5,000 for Reading Rockets Summer Program
  • West Louisville Youth Space, 2234 W. Market St., $5,000 for Summer Reading
  • YMCA, Olmstead Academy North, 4530 Bellevue Ave., $4,000 for Newcomer Academy
  • YMCA – Wellington/Farnsley, Wellington/Farnsley Middle School, 3400 Lee’s Lane, $4,000 for Summer Program at Wellington Elementary

The mini-grants will support best practices to help prevent academic summer learning loss in the areas of reading and math for young people (grades K-12) participating in out-of-school time programs in the Louisville area. Agencies awarded the funding are required to track and measure results and to share lessons-learned and best practices.

According to the National Summer Learning Association, which is celebrating “Summer Learning Day” today, “(a)ll young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.”

For more information, contact Rebecca DeJarnatt, Louisville Metro’s Community Services and Revitalization, Office for Youth Development, at 502.574.0854.