Local Programs for at-risk Youth Receive Grants

Apr 4, 2013

Credit www.encompassresources.org

  The Hillside Work-Scholarship program and the Re-invest in Youth program at Encompass Resources for Learning are among 18 program statewide receiving grants just announced by Governor Cuomo.

The state Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has awarded $500,000 to Hillside's Work-Scholarship program and $491,725 to the Re-invest in Youth program at Encompass Resources for Learning. Encompass CEO Joe Martino says the funding will allow for further development of the program that provides academic support and intervention for young people at risk for detention.  " Encompass will help to develop a better connection between the young people who are receiving wrap-around services to help them stay out of detention. We'll be more integrated into this program to help those young people get re-engaged in school."

Martino says the program provides both in school and after school academic support as well as summer learning for kids and families in need.  He says the children are also encouraged to identify and develop interest in sports and other after school activities to keep them away from gangs and other negative influences.  "They are focused on pursuits that they are interested in, and that are positive and  healthy."