December 7, 2010

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today awarded $100,000 in grant funding to eleven non-profit organizations throughout Tulare County through the Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program.

The County-sponsored program is intended to foster prevention and intervention programs that work with gang affiliated or gang exposed youth in Tulare County.

"The Board of Supervisors is pleased to fund these programs that provide positive experiences for Tulare County’s youth," Chairman Worthley said. "I commend each organization for the hard work that they do in making a difference for our youth."

The Tulare County Youth Commission reviewed submitted grant applications and made recommendations to the Board of Supervisors this morning about which organizations should receive funding and at what funding level. Funded programs range from mentorships and jobs creation to outdoor adventures and tutoring programs.

The organizations that received funding are:

District 1: Tulare-Kings Youth For Christ, $10,000, which will fund the Team Success program; Courage to Change, $10,000, which will fund the Matrix Mentoring Solutions program.

District 2: Grandmas House, $10,000, which will fund an afterschool tutoring program; Tulare Athletic Boxing Club, $10,000, which will fund an athletics program.

District 3: Golden State YMCA, $10,000, which will fund the UCYC program; Crossroads Community Church, $5,000, which will fund the Visions of Hope program; Hands in the Community, $5,000, which will fund the Gangs to Jobs program.

District 4: Boys and Girls Clubs of Tulare County, $10,000, which will fund gang prevention efforts through the Target Outreach Plus program; AYSO Region 129, $10,000, which will provide funding to the AYSO Region 129 soccer league.

District 5: Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America, $10,000, which will fund expansion of the Terra Bella Explorer post; Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sequoias, $10,000, which will fund the Working on our Futures program.

The Tulare County Youth Commission will offer technical assistance to applying organizations, whether funded or not funded. The technical assistance will provide an opportunity for organizations to meet with members of the youth commission and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their application.