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YMCA lands Goizueta grant

POSTED: July 21, 2007 5:03 a.m.

SAVANNAH — The YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Inc. is one of three YMCAs in Georgia to receive funding from The Goizueta Foundation to support early childhood programming for Hispanic communities.

The funding is part of a $2,612,055 grant awarded to YMCA of the USA by The Goizueta Foundation to pilot an outreach program for Hispanic communities at five YMCA program sites in Georgia, as well as conduct national research on early childhood education and care for Hispanic children. In addition, the grant will provide need-based tuition assistance to children at the five YMCA early childhood locations over three years.

This funding will allow the YMCA of Coastal Georgia to work with YMCA of the USA to initiate Welcoming Hispanic Families, a program designed to better engage Hispanic families in YMCA early childhood education and care. Initially, the program will be offered at the Effingham, Habersham and West Chatham YMCAs.

Welcoming Hispanic Families also is designed to address the challenges of serving the growing Hispanic community by providing bilingual staff and staff support, culturally relevant curricula and professional development opportunities to help retain staff.

“The Welcoming Hispanic Families program is another way in which the YMCA can help Hispanic families build stronger bonds, achieve greater work/life balance and become more engaged with their communities,” said Randy Bugos, President/CEO of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. “The implementation of this program, along with annual financial assistance for low-income children, will enable our Y to enhance the quality of care it provides for all children and families, particularly those from Hispanic communities, and increase the number of Hispanic families we serve.”  

The project will involve local collaborations and long-term community-based planning and research to develop new ways to engage Hispanic communities in YMCA early childhood education in the Coastal Georgia area.

About the Goizueta Foundation

The Goizueta Foundation, established in 1992 by Roberto C. Goizueta, aims to support educational programs that promote sustainable change and have a long-term impact in the community.

Its mission is to assist organizations that empower individuals and families through educational opportunities to improve the quality of their lives. In order to carry out this vision, the foundation works closely with potential grantees to encourage open communication and foster a sense of community partnership. Visit www.goizuetafoundation.org.

About the YMCA

The nation’s 2,617 YMCAs serve more than 20.2 million people each year, including 9.5 million youth under age 18. YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs are a place for people to belong, serving America’s children, families and communities for nearly 160 years by “building healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”  Visit www.ymca.net.

About the YMCA of Coastal Georgia

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia is the 13th oldest YMCA in the United States, having been chartered in 1855. Now beginning its 153rd year of service, the YMCA holds to its mission of putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  

YMCA served over 75,000 children, individuals and families; with one third of those receiving financial assistance totaling over $2,000,000.

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