RAMP receives $10,000 grant for youth services

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On Tuesday, June 16 the Regional Access and Mobilization Project, Inc. (RAMP) was presented with a check for a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2015 site grant initiative by employees from the Monsanto Waterman Research facility.

Funds from the grant will be used to support RAMP’s youth services programs, including Youth Education Services, iBelong, Ignite and Teens ‘N Transition programs which serve more than 250 students each year.

“These services ensure that students with disabilities receive a fair and equitable education, that school cultures accept and encourage everyone, and that our members will be prepared after graduation,” said RAMP Development Director Amy Morris. “Our goal is for our students to become successful adults by creating an inclusive academic environment and teaching them the skills and personal responsibilities needed to graduate and pursue post-secondary opportunities and employment.”

The Waterman site has been a community partner in the Teens ’N Transition program since 2012 with employees volunteering to teach high school students important transition skills to help them succeed after high school.

“RAMP is actively engaged, serving Illinois communities by raising awareness, educating the public and empowering its members,” said Larry Mix, germplasm IP stewardship lead at the Waterman site. “It is a homegrown, locally-governed initiative that addresses real needs, consistent with Monsanto’s priorities.”

The Monsanto Fund has awarded more than $1.2 million this year to nonprofit organizations through the site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities.

For more information about RAMP and the programs they offer visit rampcil.org/.


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