Four grants awarded
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2016) — Four Louisville nonprofit organizations have received Mayor’s Healthy Hometown mini grants totaling $33,000. Since 2005, the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to more than 100 community groups.
- Academy of Music Production Education and Development (AMPED), $10,000. — The free youth program for youth to explore creativity through music will use its grant for “MENAISSANCE,” a reading program for males. Participants are assigned challenging novels to read, then taught to break it down, analyze it and draw themes that relate to their lives using spoken word, poetry, song, or rap. They parallel and contrast the novel characters’ lives with their own and develop creative pieces and useAMPED’s on-site recording studio to learn about audio engineering, photography and video documenting.
- Girls on the Run Louisville, $6,650 — The 10-week program for 50 girls from Title 1 elementary and middle schools during the 2016-2017 school year engages in twice-weekly lessons, for a total of 30 hours of programming, following the professionally developed Girls on the Run curriculum. They discuss topics such as peer pressure, bullying, positive body image, nutrition/hydration and stress management. Girls also engage in running and other physical activities in preparation to complete the Girls on the Run Louisville 5K run.
- Metropolitan Housing Coalition, $6,350 — The Metropolitan Housing Coalition’s “Get the Lead Out” program enlists community groups in low-income neighborhoods to teach parents how to detect lead hazards in their homes. By helping fund this project, we can help provide parents the tools and information they need to identify lead hazards in their home and correct them.
- 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families, Inc., $10,000 — 2NOT1 Parent advocates are those who have successfully worked through the child protection system and have taken on the task of providing support to birth families currently working with Child Protective Services. The goal is to assist the families in meeting CPS determined goals to either prevent removal of their children or successfully return them to the home from foster care. Advocates provide extended support and resources to birth parents in courts, schools, and various institutions and systems of care. By bridging the gap between CPS case worker, birth parents and foster families, Advocates help achieve case closure in less time. These mentors, formerly engaged in the child welfare system themselves, assist and encourage birth parents in maintaining a connection with their children.