October 6, 2000

The JCPenney AfterSchool Grant: $4,400 to Border View YMCA

The Border View YMCA has received a $4,400 grant from the JCPenney After-school program designed to expand much-needed after-school programs in the South San Diego community.

"We are honored and thrilled to be selected as a recipient," said Jorge Candon, Executive Director. "This contribution empowers the South San Diego community to serve 400 more kids in quality after-school programs."

"These funds will enable us to provide a safe place for our kids to build healthy spirits, minds and bodies when they are most vulnerable to at-risk behavior, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on school days," added Candon.

"More importantly, this grant will enable us to staff the program with caring adults who can serve as mentors and role models."

Grant proposals were submitted by 1,250 YMCAs nationwide seeking funding to enhance and expand after-school programs in under-served communities, emphasize literacy and engage more teenagers. During the first year, 58 reading awards, 114 youth awards and 129 teen awards were presented to YMCAs of all sizes, from all parts of the county. These awards range in amounts from $800 to 15,000.

"This overwhelming response indicates that Ys all across America recognize the importance of developing structured, positive after-school programming for youth and teens," said Candon.

The Border View YMCA is a branch of the YMCA of San Diego County and is dedicated to working with the under-served communities along the San Diego/Tijuana border.

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