Rapid City Youth and Family Services’ chapter of Girls Inc. is in the running for a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program, reports KOTA Territory News. The program is competing against 200 other organizations for 40 grants in a nationwide contest.
Girls Inc. of Rapid City is located in a low-income area and provides afterschool and summer programming for hundreds of girls, ages 6-17. This chapter is affiliated with the national Girls Inc. project, which focuses creating long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming that helps girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. For $50, girls can access year-round academic support and enrichment and positive youth development activities, but many families cannot afford to pay this fee.
Winning organizations will each receive $25,000, which could help Girls Inc. reach more girls and families in the Rapid City area. The grant money would allow for 500 scholarships to local girls to participate in the program, free of charge, for an entire year.
The contest is decided by community votes, so register and vote for Rapid City Girls Inc. here. You can vote 10 times per day up until August 24th.
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