Friday, April 10, 2009

America SCORES Chicago receives generous grant from the Starbucks Foundation

America SCORES Chicago is the proud recipient of a $12,500 grant from the Starbucks Foundation.  In a letter to SCORES, the Foundation wrote they were “impressed with the focus and quality of [SCORES] towards supporting young people to create positive change” in the community.  America SCORES serves 500 3rd-8th grade students in the North Lawndale and Little Village communities. 

America SCORES Chicago is the City’s only non-profit organization that combines soccer, poetry and service-learning to combat obesity, illiteracy and poor decision-making amongst Chicago’s youth.  The grant award will be used specifically to fund the service-learning component of the SCORES program, which challenges students to directly address an issue in their community and present options to rectify or change that issue.  Some examples of past service-learning actions include an anti-violence campaign, a recycling project, and a campaign to install a police camera on a corner where one student’s father had been killed.  America SCORES Chicago is confident that the grant award will greatly impact the lives of its young participants, showing them that change is possible if one is willing to work hard for it.

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