Earlier this week, the Anaheim Family YMCA received a $125,000 grant from Accelerate Change Together to continue addressing critical needs facing todayâ€™s youth in our community.
In November of 2013, the Disneyland Resort, the Anaheim Angels, and the Ducks came together and formed the Accelerate Change Together (ACT) collaboration and announced that they were committing $3 million dollars to help youth in Anaheim.
They encouraged local organizations to apply and then selected ten award recipients that were awarded grants that ranged from $100,000 to $200,000.
â€œThe ACT funding will propel the Yâ€™s efforts to nurture the full potential of youth and teens,â€ said Paul Andresen, President and CEO of the Anaheim Family YMCA. â€œIn partnership with Inside the Outdoors and Village plan partners, we look forward to instilling youth with 21st century skills as they shape their own and their communityâ€™s future.â€
With the ACT funding, the Anaheim Family YMCA, in collaboration with the Inside theÂ Outdoors and Village Plan partners, will launch new Future Leaders Clubs (FLC) in the fall of 2014. FLC will create a unique after-school experience for youthÂ 13-18 that combines three core areas: S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)/21st century work skills,Â leadership development, and service learning.
The program will impact 40-50 students per schoolÂ site (120-150 total in the first year) Monday through Thursday, and selectÂ Fridays/Saturdays, from October 2014-July 2015, culminating with the Emerging Leaders summer training sessionÂ and graduation. FLC will include engagement opportunities for both youth andÂ parents, such as: programÂ design meetings; S.T.E.M activities and TravelingÂ Scientist experiences; career planning; youth-led community serviceÂ learning projects; and field trips throughout the year.
Through Future Leaders Clubs, the Y addresses critical needs identified in the 2013 AnaheimÂ Youth Services Assessment, including the need to offer more teen programs, engage families, and create safe environments for youth outside of school hours.
â€œWe are very grateful for the opportunity to engage and empower older youth,â€ continued Andresen. â€œThey truly are our future leaders and our community will be in great hands because of them.â€