April 27, 2009
The Harvest Foundation has awarded a $366,560 one-year grant to Patrick Henry Community College to expand the Martinsville-Henry County After 3 Program for high school students.
According to a news release from Harvest, the funds for MHC After 3 were awarded because of the program’s success in providing after-school care activities to local adolescents. It already is a presence in the lives of many area middle-school children, and it now is implementing programming for high school students, the release states.
“MHC After 3 partner organizations, students and families are very excited to have the continued support of The Harvest Foundation,” said Shanna Francisco-King, program coordinator. “With the award of Harvest funding, MHC After 3 will be able to continue to grow our level of direct services and leverage additional funding streams in order to build the capacity of youth development programs and professionals in Martinsville-Henry County.”
Patrick Henry Community College first received funding from The Harvest Foundation for MHC After 3 in 2006 in a response to the effects that a lack of constructive afternoon activities can have on youth. Through MHC After 3, after-school providers at various sites have been able to collaborate and create a safe environment for students throughout the city and county, the release states. Students learn about and apply skills toward the arts, athletics, technology, academics and personal character development.
The proram began with five partners at its inception. In fewer than three years, 15 after-school providers have joined MHC After 3, the release states.
“We are excited about the work MHC After 3 has been able to accomplish in three short years,” said Angela Logan, program officer for The Harvest Foundation. “Students engaged in high quality after-school programs, like MHC After 3, make significant gains academically and have the support of positive adult mentors on a daily basis — critical to their personal and academic success. Additionally, the collaboration of the after-school partners in MHC After 3 has been recognized nationally and has been a tremendous benefit to our community’s youth.”
The Harvest Foundation researches and invests in programs and initiatives to address local challenges in health, education and welfare. The foundation was established in 2002 from the sale of the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
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