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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Awarded 21st Century After School Grant

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October 23, 2017

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic was awarded a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) last month. The total amount awarded was $4.4 million a year for five years.

The grant provided will establish three learning centers in two communities: Smith Elementary School in Grandview, and Lincoln Elementary and Kirkwood Elementary schools in Toppenish. The grant will also aid in continuing the 21st Century After School program at Safe Haven Community Center.

“Our programs serve more than 1,500 students each year,” Program Coordinator for Northwest Community Action Center Beth Monfils said. Northwest Community Action Center is a division of Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.

“With this grant, we will be able to serve more than 400 youth,” Monfils added.

YVFWC currently has 15 after school sites in the Lower Yakima Valley between Harrah and Grandview.

OSPI awarded more than $4 million to projects supporting afterschool and summer learning programs for students at high-poverty, low-performing schools.

YVFWC was one of 13 programs awarded about $500,000 a year for the next five years.  This grant was given in response to a partnership between NCAC, the Grandview, and Toppenish school districts. The federal grants, which are part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, are highly competitive.

OSPI received 22 applications, with a total requested funding amount of $7.4 million. Funding comes from Title IV, Part B of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Nationwide, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program has an appropriation of $1.2 billion for the 2017-18 school year. The money provides out-of-school time academic enrichment opportunities to students in 54 states and territories. Washington currently has 51 projects totaling $17.3 million. Grants are funded for five years.

The 2017-18 winners are Washington State University Tri-Cities, Educational Service District 123, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Burlington-Edison School District, ESD 113, ESD 121, Wenatchee School District, Walla Walla School District, Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County, Northwest Learning and Achievement Group, Orondo School District, White Salmon Valley School District, and Taholah School District.

“Supporting student success is what we are about with our 21st Century after school and summer programs,” Monfils said. “We are thrilled to be able to reach even more students this year.”

In addition to support for core academic subjects, 21st Century Community Learning Centers also provide students with a variety of other activities, such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and  Math),  mentoring, service learning , music,  career development, and character education programs.

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About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 141,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 57 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: www.yvfwc.com