GARY – CITY LIFE CENTER has been awarded a grant by the Indiana Department of Education to become a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. Grants were awarded to fifty-seven organizations throughout the state that provide out-of-school time enrichment programs to Indiana students. Awards range from $75,000 to $325,000 and total nearly $10.3 million.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is an out-of-school time initiative authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act and reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers aim to increase access to high-quality non-school hour programming across the state for students in low performing and high-poverty schools. Centers provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development, including academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring, and homework help, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural activities. They also offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
“This grant will allow City Life Center to actualize its mission to help families thrive. One of the ways we do that is by providing high-quality after school programming focused on literacy, STEM, the arts, social-emotional learning, mentoring, recreational sports, leadership development, as well as, professional and personal development workshops for adults,” says Ken Barry, Executive Director of City Life Center.
“Students spend more time out of school than in our classrooms,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s former Superintendent of Public Instruction. “That is why it is essential that we support organizations that provide enriching academic programming to Hoosier students. I am honored to recognize this important work by awarding more than $10 million in 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program grant funding to 57 high-quality out-of-school time organizations.”
City Life Center will provide s1st Century Community Learning Center after school programming in its 41,000-square foot facility located at 225 W 5th Ave., 21st Century Charter School, and a Gary Community School Corporation school to be named this summer.
City Life Center currently provides after school programming at 225 W. 5th Ave, Monday – Thursday from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM. The cost is only $1 per week, per child. City Life Center also offers male mentoring, martial arts, recreational sports, and a baseball training camp during the week.
For more information call City Life Center at (219) 880-4851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.