YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace, left, and Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree take questions from the media Tuesday at a news conference to announce a $2 million Century 21 Federal Grant to provide after-school services for students and parents at Magnolia Elementary School.
ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany YMCA and the Dougherty County School System are partnering to provide after-school and summer programming to Magnolia Elementary School.
The project will be funded by a $2 million, Title I Century 21 grant and will be spread out over the next five years.
“Outside of capital campaigns, this is the single largest award in the history of the Albany YMCA,” said Y Executive Director Dave Wallace.
The program targets at-risk youth in the first to fifth grades who are struggling academically, along with parents/guardians who want to obtain job and life skills.
Program activities will be geared to meet 75 percent or more of the targeted students’ academic needs. Based on test scores and Magnolia’s school improvement plan, the program will provide tutorial services in reading and math.
Additionally, recreational, arts/humanities, science/technology, service learning and character education activities will also be offered.
“We, along with Dave Wallace and his staff, are excited about this collaborative partnership,” DCSS Superintendent Joshua Murfree said. “This is the type of community partnership we are attempting to build every day.”
Wallace said the program is designed to reach the entire family in an effort to break the cycle of poverty.
“This program will provide opportunities for families to gain further educational and life skills opportunities through after school and evening programing,” Wallace said. “These programs include GED, computer literacy, financial management, work/life skills parenting and nutrition classes.
“Helping parents earn a GED and acquire marketable skills such as computer proficiency, the program will provide more and better employment opportunities.”