LAKE ARIEL – Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station announced it has received a $7,500 Community Needs Grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation.The grant supports the Y.E.S. (Youth and Environmental Sciences) Afterschool program implemented to provide low to moderate income youth at risk for academic failure in Lackawanna County with opportunities to participate in additional out-of-school science and environmental education programs in areas which include biology, ecology, environmental science, math and scientific method hypothesis testing.
The mission of the Scranton Area Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for all people in Lackawanna County through the development of organized philanthropy.Community Needs Grants fund a wide range of nonprofit programs that respond to a particular community need or issue and which enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County.Lacawac’s Y.E.S. Afterschool program is aligned with state and local efforts to improve science and math achievement among youth attending extended day and afterschool programs in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne and Pike Counties. The YES Program targets children in grades Kindergarten through sixth especially those from minority groups and low-income residing in the counties.
“Lacawac Sanctuary and our YES program is thrilled to receive funding from the Scranton Area Community Foundation,” explains Craig Lukatch, Lacawac President. “Without this grant, we would not be able to provide outreach to hundreds of children throughout Lackawanna County. Our educators are already providing this program in afterschool centers in Scranton, Dunmore and Carbondale and are beginning to make a difference through hands–on learning about the environment.”
Currently the YES program is serving approximately 450 children between the ages of 6-12 in center-based programs in throughout Lackawanna County.“All children benefit from hands–on learning experiences and Lacawac provides a variety of these experiences through its afterschool science programs,” said Lukatch. This grant provides Lacawac with another way to collaborate with the after school programs and centers.
“The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a local organization with deep roots in the community providing leadership, encouraging philanthropy, and build permanent resources to raise awareness and increase giving to programs like Lacawac Sanctuary’s YES Program which is an investment to improve school readiness in northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Foundation.
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