City’s Youth Grant Program to be Renewed after Successful First Year
On Tuesday, Mayor Rob Rolison announced that $100,000 has been allocated this year to support a variety of youth programs throughout the City. The “Youth Activities & Opportunities Program”, which was introduced as part of the City’s 2018 budget, has helped local organizations by providing funding to support clubs and leagues as well as summer and educational programs. These programs have allowed Poughkeepsie youth to participate in community-based programs that emphasize active lifestyles, provide creative outlets, and build long-lasting relationships. Based on the success of the program in its first year, Mayor Rob Rolison’s 2019 City budget increases funding for the program to $140,000. The Common Council is expected to vote on the Mayor’s proposed budget in early December.
Social Development Director, Jaclyn Greenwald said “This program provides important financial assistance for programs that support the mission of expanding youth opportunities both after school and during the summer months, improving quality of life, building individual strength and confidence, and contributing towards improved academic outcomes as well.”
Laurel Spuhler, member of the Youth Grant Advisory Committee which reviews applications, said: “I appreciated being on this committee to help provide opportunities for the young people living in the city of Poughkeepsie. Children and young adults benefited from being part of summer groups, sports leagues, creative projects as well as organizations committed to instilling confidence in our young people. The goal is to offer our youth experiences that will stay with them their whole lives.”