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 ages 12 – 18 years.

St. Greater Area Council Boy Scouts of America – Awarded $25,440

Exploring Posts/EXPLORE careers/Traditional Scouting: Provide services that focus on scouting activities, camping; connecting youth with positive adult role models who will mentor them on their paths to success.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois – 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.

Sinai Family Center – Awarded $25,440

Teen Enrichment Program: Provide activities that focus on developing integrity, self-esteem, teamwork, life and social skills, sports pre-employment skills and positive interactions with adult mentors for teens ages 13 – 19.

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