Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County awarded

21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for $1,120,000

Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Jefferson County’s 4-H Youth Development Program is excited to announce that they are awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for $1,120,000. 

The overall purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:  1) Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low performing schools, to meet the challenging State academic standards; 2) offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development, service learning, nutrition, arts, music, technology, financial literacy, science, career development and ties to in-demand industry sectors; 3) offer families of students served by the centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education. 

The grant period is five years.  The funding is $1,120,000 per year.  The program funding begins July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2022 subject to availability of funds from the United States Department of Education and satisfactory performance.  Stephanie Graf, Youth, Family and Community Development Program Leader shares, “This opportunity would not have been possible without the collaboration of Jefferson/Lewis BOCES and all school districts involved.”

The 21st Century Community Learning Center will provide 4-H after school programs, and in some cases 4-H morning programs for Beaver River Central School District, Copenhagen Central School District, Watertown City School District, LaFargeville Central School District, Belleville Henderson Central School District, Immaculate Heart Central and Indian River Central School District.  Scott Connell, Superintendent of Copenhagen Central School District states, “We are very excited to partner with CCE and other area school districts.  This grant will allow our students to enrich their education and at the same time cultivate a positive mind set and an excitement for learning.” The grades served and hours of program will vary by school as it was based on the school’s needs at the time the grant was prepared.  Specific programming details will be on each school’s website by late May.  There is no cost to participate in the programs.

 

There is no cost to join 4-H in Jefferson County.  To learn more about job opportunities associated with the new programs please go to ccejefferson.org.  Job opportunities will be located at this website no later than the end of May.


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