MetLife Foundation, National 4-H Council award grant for after-school programming

April 19, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

The MetLife Foundation and National 4-H Council have awarded Delaware 4-H a $13,500 grant to improve the state’s after-school programming. Delaware is one of 11 states to receive the funding that will deliver cutting-edge training to 550 local after-school providers, reaching 6,050 after-school providers nationwide.

“4-H Afterschool programs are an important part of young people’s lives,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “By offering crucial training and resources to our 4-H Afterschool providers, we can create a safe, nurturing environment for young people to come together, engage with their communities, and become confident, capable leaders. We are honored to partner with MetLife Foundation on this exciting initiative.”

The new training will allow 4-H Afterschool providers to increase the number of youth engaged in high-quality after-school programs, incorporate civic engagement into their daily activities, provide young people more opportunities to develop their leadership skills, and help them to play positive roles in their own communities. Grants of this kind will be awarded to 11 states throughout the nation.

In Delaware, 4-H Afterschool provides afterschool to over 400 youth with daily afterschool homework help, enrichment, and 4-H hands on learning programs. “The Metlife Foundation grant will help us to continue our commitment and leadership in afterschool programming,” said Carol Scott, 4-H Afterschool Project director, “by offering quality professional development workshops throughout the state.”

“MetLife Foundation shares 4-H’s commitment to increasing after-school and civic engagement opportunities for young people,” said Dennis White, MetLife Foundation president. “We are proud to join the 4-H movement to help 4-H expand their after-school training and give America’s youth a positive place to grow and learn.”


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