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Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County Awarded $7.7 Million Student Learning Recovery Grant


Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County Awarded $7.7 Million Student Learning Recovery Grant

The Indiana Department of Education announced today the Boys & Girls Clubs of St.
Joseph County (BGCSJC), along with applicant partners, as the recipient of a historic $7.7 million grant.

Created by House Act 1008, the purpose of the Student Learning Recovery Grant Program and Fund is to accelerate learning to support students across all grades, with a focus on partnerships between community-based organizations and schools.

For the first time, the Club will have the resources to provide consistent, evidence-based, and data-driven afterschool programming across three major school systems in the county, including School City of Mishawaka (SCM), South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC), and Career and Success Academy. The program, called STRIVE, will be offered to students free of charge.

“This investment will drive exponential growth for our Club, more than doubling our sites from 11 to 23, and enabling us to serve over 1,700 children across the county,” said Jacqueline Kronk, BGCSJC Chief Executive Officer. “Our mission has always been to meet the needs of the community, and this program will provide a new level of excellence that our kids truly deserve.”

The program will focus on four key tenets: literacy, math fluency, social and emotional learning, and college and workforce readiness. Programming specialists from Robinson Community Learning Center, Riverbend Math, MindfulU, Rise Entrepreneurship, LOGAN, and Partnership for Children will partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs to develop curriculum specific to this initiative.

“A critical part of the program will be the information and data sharing agreement that will help us measure student outcomes, develop individualized plans, and maximize student learning in light of the pandemic disruption,” said Brandon White, SBCSC Chief Academic Officer.

“We currently have a Club site at each of our elementary schools, and we’ve already witnessed the impact of this programming on our kids, families, and community,” said Wayne Barker, SCM Superintendent. “To have the opportunity to move this into our middle schools and continue building on this foundation is a total win.”

“We are excited to develop and expand our existing partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Alex Hammel, Career and Success Academy Superintendent. “The before and after school programs have been an important component of ensuring all students grow academically and can also recognize their own unique strengths.”

The Club will hire more than 60 youth development professionals to facilitate STRIVE programming across the 23 sites. The grant will allow for elevated staff training, investment, and professional development for those considering youth services as a career path. This growth also opens up the door for increased community and volunteer engagement across the organization and respective to each school, site, and neighborhood.

You can find the release from the Indiana Department of Education and complete list of award recipients here.

Since 1974, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County has enabled and inspired young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.