United Way recently awarded one-time grants to organizations providing programs and services for youth in East St. Louis, Illinois. The primary focus was to support out-of-school time programs helping to prepare youth for school and life by providing activities such as leadership development, relationship and life skills, cultural enrichment, recreation, employment, academic and educational support, mentoring, and career exploration.

Christian Activity Center – Awarded $25,440
Pathways/Teen Employment Program: Provide tutoring/homework assistance in college access areas (ACT prep, academic/admissions advising, campus visits, early awareness, financial aid advising, writing workshops, study skills, and retention/transition support) for youth age 12 – 18 years.

Community Lifeline – Awarded $25,440
STEM-ology Out-of-School Time & Mentoring Program: Provide curriculums focusing on STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) for youth age 5 – 16 years; and leadership courses (job seeking/keeping methods, decision-making skills, social development) for youth age 16-21 years.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation – Awarded $25,440
After School Program: Provide activities to improve reading, math, communication, arts, life-skills, STEM and healthy decision-making skills for students after school for youth ages 13 – 21.

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – Awarded $25,440
Teen REACH: Provide services focusing on improving academic performance; life skills education; parental involvement; recreation, sports and cultural/artistic activities; positive adult mentors; and service learning activities for youth 7 – 18 years old.

Nu Chi Foundation – Awarded $25,440
Project Manhood Program: Provide educational sessions, leadership conferences, social outings, and field activities emphasizing academic performance, leadership skills, and social awareness for African American males age 10 – 18 years.

James Taylor