In an announcement yesterday the Indiana Department of Education named the 16 new grantees of its Nita M. Lowry 21st Century Learning Centers Grant Program. Included within the 16 entities was The Starke County Youth Club, which received $366,827.59, which was one of the highest amounts awarded. This is a 4-year renewable grant in that amount, and may be used to support out-of-school activities like tutoring and mentoring, academic enrichment, and service learning.
Since 2001, The Starke County Youth Club has hosted after-school programs each weekday at three locations across Starke County. Their sites include: North Judson-San Pierre Elementary in North Judson, Oregon-Davis Elementary in Hamlet, and Knox Community Elementary in Knox. Their programs are built to answer the wide variety of needs found in their membership, from safety to academic struggles. Children in Starke County in kindergarten through twelfth grade are eligible to join SCYC. The registration fee for SCYC after-school is $30 per child per year. Scholarships are available for families that cannot afford even this modest fee. Their objective is to host accessible, safe programming, to assist families, and to improve academic achievement.