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Ypsilanti Area Community Fund (YACF) Announces Two Multi-Year Grants

The Ypsilanti Area Community Fund (YACF) is committed to increasing the impact of its endowment, especially to meet the changing needs of Ypsilanti residents.

As a result, YACF recently launched a new grantmaking focus to support collaborations with significant, renewable funding, based on outcomes. This focus helps to achieve YACF’s new defined vision for impact:

Every family in the Ypsilanti area will thrive by gaining access to programs and services through collaborative partnerships across sectors that measurably increase health outcomes and educational attainment leading to economic well-being.

Based on this vision, YACF is excited to be announcing two multi-year grants to support Community Action Network (CAN), in partnership with the Lincoln Consolidated School District and Brick Elementary School, and Family Learning Institute (FLI), in partnership with Mentor to Youth and Washtenaw Community College at Parkridge Community Center.

Community Action Network (CAN) - $18,000 grant

Community Action Network partners with children, youth and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to create better futures for themselves, and to improve the communities in which they live. This grant supports both the Read to Succeed (R2S) and the Summer Education Program at Brick Elementary.

R2S utilizes well-trained literacy volunteers to provide 30 beginning, emergent and struggling economically disadvantaged 1st to 3rd graders the practice and support they need to gain reading fluency by the end of third grade. CAN will establish a R2S program with upperclassmen Lincoln high school students and local congregations to be supportive, in-class literacy tutors at Brick Elementary during reading periods, recess and at the end of the school day. 

CAN’s Summer Education Program will bring CAN’s comprehensive 6-week all day summer curriculum to 30 ED 1st – 3rd graders. SEP is filled with enjoyable, hands-on educational experiences, combining math, STEM and literacy, to combat summer loss of learning and help students catch up with their peers.

Family Learning Institute - $20,000 grant 

Family Learning Institute is a volunteer based nonprofit agency dedicated to closing the achievement gap in Washtenaw County. This grant supports academic tutoring, SEL programming and career exposure workshop to at-risk youth, in partnership with Mentor to Youth and Washtenaw Community College at Parkridge Community Center.

Explicit instruction will be catered toward their comprehension level and learning style(s) with tutors and staff benchmarking their progress in comparison to state and national averages. Through workshops and instruction inclusive of diversity, different learning styles and a positive culture, students will be placed in an environment that empowers and motivates them to improve personally and academically.

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