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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, September 07, 2017 12:27 pm

Verbatim: Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne awards $45,000 grant to YMCA OF Greater Fort Wayne

The following was released on Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017 by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne:

[Fort Wayne, IN] September 5, 2017 – The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has been awarded a grant in the amount of $45,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. These funds will be used to support youth development programs.


Specifically, the Community Foundation grant will be used to strengthen and expand teen programs at the Renaissance Pointe Y and to provide the Status Offender Court Alternative Program (SOCAP) through the YMCA Youth Service Bureau. These programs help youth set goals, get an education, learn job skills, and develop a positive outlook toward their future.


“Providing our youth with the tools they need to thrive as adults is an essential part of building a healthier and more vibrant community. We are proud to support such a worthwhile initiative through the YMCA,” said David Bennett, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. 


Marty Pastura, YMCA President & CEO, stated, “In response to the epidemic of youth violence in our area, the YMCA created the Hope for Youth initiative to impact at-risk youth to ensure that they have the education and life skills necessary to succeed as adults. We are grateful for the Community Foundation funding because it enables us to provide youth and their families with the support they need to develop to their fullest potential.”