Grants totaling $390,000 for out-of-school time enrichment activities through nonprofit after-school providers will serve students in nine Houston-area school districts and community centers throughout greater Harris County. The funding is provided by the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, a division of Harris County Department of Education, through a grant from Houston Endowment via the Education Foundation of Harris County.
The CASE After-School Initiative Nonprofit Residency Project continues through May 31. Districts benefitting from the funding include Houston, Pasadena, Aldine, Alief, Waller, Goose Creek, Spring Branch and Stafford. Schools and community centers host the nonprofit, enrichment providers.
Nonprofit providers participating implement activities including the fine arts, leadership and character development, environmental awareness and gardening, physical fitness and culinary arts. Some funded organizations include FotoFest, God’s Grace Community Church, Citizens Schools, Alley Theatre, Urban Harvest and Wesley Community Center.
“These funds provide opportunities for youth to engage in interactive, creative residencies with local professionals,” said Lisa Thompson-Caruthers, CASE director. “Kids gain new experiences and learn new skills which they may not have the time to explore in the classroom.”
Funding ranges from $2,000 to $30,000, with many nonprofits providing services to multiple communities. Learn more about the schools and neighborhoods receiving the services: www.afterschoolzone.org/default.aspx?name=ASI .
About CASE: The Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, or CASE, is a division of Harris County Department of Education and supports over 55 after-school programs which serve more than 5,000 children in 10 area school districts and 4 charter schools throughout Houston and Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children. Go to www.afterschoolzone.org or more information.
About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.