Wallace Foundation Grant

$765,000 National Grant to Further Strengthen Our Collective Work for Children

The Wallace Foundation is awarding a new grant of $765,000 to the City of Grand Rapids to strengthen its efforts to provide poor, urban youngsters with high-quality afterschool programs to produce better outcomes for youth.

The City through Our Community’s Children’s community collaboration of the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Network, will use the grant to:

1.) Build a data system that connects afterschool programs with daily school attendance and achievement collectively tracking outcomes and our impact for children

2.) Strengthen program quality assessments, aggregate reporting, and offer best practice training to youth workers. The best determinants of improved outcomes for youth are the positive relationships between staff and participant, engaging curriculum, and consistent and engaged participation.

3.) Tie training to the State of Michigan’s Youth Worker Credential building clearer pathways for career advancement and professional development for youth workers.

4.) Look more closely at out-of-school time activities for high school teens and see how best to actively engage teens in developing those programs that will help them for college, work and life.