Eugene School District 4J Awards Friends of the Children a Summer Programming Grant
Friends of the Children received fantastic news in early June
that the organization would be receiving a Summer Program Support Grant from
Eugene School District 4J that the district received as a component of Federal
COVID relief efforts.
grant supports Friends -Lane County’s 4J students through structured one-on-one
activities with youth to promote social/emotional learning and literacy
throughout the summer. The grant allows Friends to provide up to four hours of
direct service to youth every week helping get youth maintain academic and
social gains throughout the summer. The grant also enables Friends’ mentors to
support the success of the program’s youth in other structured programs, like
that offered by Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA, allowing the organizations to
be mutually supportive of these youth and families.
was also able to rent a classroom from 4J at the Arts and Technology Middle
School that is also implementing a supplemental food program throughout the
summer, giving Friends of the Children an opportunity to supplement food access
for some youth/families.
grant is also enabling the Friends-Lane County organization to focus on
building literacy skills with youth in a more structured manner. Friends’s
mentors have participated in significant training sessions on literacy and are
engaging youth in literacy-related activities on all their outings. Friends was
also able to provide families with access to tablets and online literacy apps
over the summer. The organization will also study which practices seem to best
support youths’ progress to help inform future literacy-based endeavors.