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Posted on: May 25, 2022

City Distributes $339,000 in Funds for Youth-Related Activities

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Mayor Rolison announced today that $339,000 in funds have been allocated for youth-related programs, more than doubling the annual investment the city has been able to make in these endeavors over the years.

The city awarded $140,000 from its youth grant program and an additional $199,000 from its American Rescue Plan Act funds.  

“We are extremely excited to be able to award these grants to so many deserving organizations,” said Mayor Rolison. “We look forward to seeing the benefits, as youth, families and organizations come together to enjoy so many productive, fun and healthy activities in our city.”

The mayor said 31 organizations received funding, with a maximum award set at $15,000. In conjunction with this process, the city held a training session for applicants to answer questions and to provide instruction on reporting requirements. 

The organizations receiving financial assistance from the city’s Poughkeepsie Youth Grant Fund are: 

Basketball, High School Basketball Summer Tournament Program, $10,000

Beekman Youth Futbol Booster Club, Soccer Club (for city youth participants), $10,000

City of Poughkeepsie Football and Cheer, City of Poughkeepsie Youth Football and Cheer Program, $10,000

City of Poughkeepsie Youth Football League, City of Poughkeepsie Flag Football Program, $11,900

Hudson River Rowing Association, Rowing Association, $10,000

Tight Ups Precision Drill Team, Military Style Marching Team, $9,000

Cocoon Theatre, Afterschool program to assist in creating floats for The Celebration of Lights Parade in City of Poughkeepsie, $7,500

LoveQuest Foundation, Art camp focused on digital music production and streaming services, $15,000

Black and Latino Coalition, Mighty Young Tech Program (computer skills, coding, video game design, computer software knowledge), $7,500

Mental Health America, Expansion and creation of "Ellen’s Place,” an outdoor classroom encouraging traditional indoor lessons in a natural setting, $10,000

Beulah Baptist Church, Summer Program/Camp, $10,000

Faith Apostolic Ministries, Summer Enrichment Program, $10,000

Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Summer Camp, $7,500

Community Matters 2, Etiquette & Spice Program, $11,600

Organizations receiving financial assistance from the city’s American Rescue Plan Act funds are:

Mid Hudson Aquatics, Swim and competitive swim program, $15,000

Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Learn to Skate and Free Public Skate programs, $15,000 

Roy Community Foundation, Football Program, $7,500

Bardavon, Fall & Spring Daytime Theater Performance Series, $5,000

Celebrating the African Spirit, High School Summer Program and local history and creative design Teen Horizons Program, $15,000 

Crazy Over Art Tour, Summer Program learning to build a garden and create art inspired by nature, $14,600

Fallkill Creative, Clay, Print & Textile Works Program, $12,400

The Art Effect, Workforce Development Program in Arts & Media $15,000 

TransArt & Cultural Services, Jazz in the Valley Master Shadowing Program, $10,000

Unitarian Universalists Fellowship, Performing Arts Program, Professional Play Production of "Ella The Ungovernable," $7,500

Yusuf House of the Hudson Valley, Summer Art Camp, $8,000 

Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center, Afterschool program to facilitate academic success, community outreach mission of the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church (secular), $8,800 

Hudson River Housing, Business planning and development program, product design and manufacture, branding and marketing, customer service and skills training, $10,200

Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Farming and Gardening Internship Program providing skill based workforce training, $15,000

Vassar Education Collaboration, High School student program Exploring College Summer Intensive and Afterschool tutoring program for Middle School students, $12,000 

Finish Strong Wellness Center, PK Reach 4 week Summer Camp, $13,000 

Family Services, Teen Resource Activity Center (TRAC) Program, $15,000 

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