With generosity from the AEP Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne is enriching the lives of more than 1,300 students returning to school through before- and after-school programs that include STEM education and character development.
The AEP Foundation, on the recommendation of Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), awarded a $250,000, three-year grant to support the YMCA Before- and After-School Enrichment Programs and Summer Day Camps.
The program provides education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as reading and other academics. The Enrichment Programs also offer nature exploration, the arts, health and wellness, character development, physical activities and more. In addition, healthy snacks or meals are provided daily.
Through the programs, the YMCA staff helps youths develop values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors and provide a solid foundation for success in school and life.
The AEP Foundation grant is providing financial assistance to make the Y available for all students throughout Allen County to participate in after-school programs and summer day camps.
“We believe in the importance of strong families. Quality childcare in summer day camp and afterschool programs is one way we can support parents and students to reach their full potential,” stated Marty Pastura, interim president and CEO for the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne. “We are grateful to the AEP Foundation whose support makes YMCA childcare programs accessible to all families by removing financial barriers,” he added.
The grant was announced Thursday at Holland Elementary School.
“The YMCA, the AEP Foundation and I&M share an emphasis on supporting education as well as helping students develop social, behavioral and academic success skills,” said Dave Lucas, I&M vice president for Regulatory and Finance and a member of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne board of directors. “The AEP Foundation and I&M are pleased to provide support that enables more youth to have a safe, enriching experience after the school day concludes and during the summer.”
This video offers more information about the benefits of the YMCA program and the importance of the AEP Foundation grant.