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Staunton-Augusta YMCA

Staunton, VA

www.saymca.org

Amount Requested: $9,000 for Youth Volunteer Corps

Mission: We are committed to putting Christian principles into practice through programs that promote the health of spirit, mind, and body for all.

Constituents Served: For more than 140 years, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA has provided a safe, caring environment, positive role models, creative activities, and the opportunity to serve all ages, races, religions, income levels, and abilities. We currently have more than 6,800 members of our YMCA of all ages, races, religions, income levels, and abilities.

Program Overview: Our Youth Volunteer Corps is the second step of an eight-step plan we will be implementing to allow area students to learn from volunteer activities, self-governance, social activities, job skills training, college exploration and annual events designed to build the group.

While we are requesting this grant to support the Youth Volunteer Corps, we also welcome support for the rest of these steps and more. The YMCA remains committed to impacting the community through Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility. We are doing so through this Teen Plan, with our NeuroWellness program working with individuals recovering from strokes and dealing with neurological afflictions like Parkinson’s disease, and helping children and families attend our programs through our Annual Giving Campaign and its scholarship programs.

In 2014 we opened our new Teen Center and quickly saw our numbers grow. Since then, with the help of the Community Foundation, AmeriCorps, and others, we have brought Youth Volunteer Corps into the community. And, although it was difficult to get this program started, we are starting to see very positive results. Youth Volunteer Corps works to get 11 – 18 year-olds volunteer experience and leadership skills in the community. YVCs work on several projects in the community throughout the year. With a grant from AmeriCorps, we are fortunate to have the resources to bring in a Coordinator of the Youth Volunteer Corps for a year.

Current Operating Budget: $2,202,132

Program Budget: $28,512

Funding Already Committed for Program: $19,512