ROCKFORD – The SwedishAmerican Foundation announced its 2019 Caring for our Community grant recipients at a news conference Thursday at the SwedishAmerican Heart Hospital.
Four local not-for-profits will split $58,000 from foundation. Awaken 815 will receive $20,000 to provide 10 young adults from at-risk communities to enter its 12-week pre-employment program. The young adults will receive class materials and onsite training from instructors.
“I was always taught it takes a village in order for change to occur,” said Awaken 815 principal Jurea Crudup. “Today I am grateful that the SwedishAmerican Foundation believed in being a part of the village. We are so thankful for their generosity and commitment to our community.”
Other recipients in include KFACT, which will receive $15,000 to support its Lady All-Star Holistic Mentoring program, which prepares at-risk, financially disadvantaged, and underserved girls in the Rockford area to succeed by preparing them for post-secondary education and helping them break the cycle of generational poverty.
Stateline Youth for Christ will receive $15,000 to support its Juvenile Justice Ministry (JJM), which focuses on mentoring and life skills training and provides activities to youth within juvenile detention centers and upon re-entry.
Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries will receive $8,000 to support its Park Players program, a summer recreational program designed to teach at-risk youth violence prevention skills at Liberty Park in southwest Rockford. Through this program, Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries anticipates hiring between 15 and 18 teens, many for whom this will be their first job. They will model nonviolent conflict resolution skills to approximately 500 children ages 5-10 who attend the Park Players program from area daycare and child welfare agencies, community centers, and Rockford Park District programs.