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CAMDEN — The Camden Education Fund announced the launch of its 2022 Youth-Serving Organization (YSO) Grant Program.
The YSO program will provide outstanding, Camden-led nonprofits with funding to provide supports to students outside of the classroom, including mentoring, mental health services, academic tutoring, and opportunities in the arts.
Up to 15 organizations will be awarded $5,000; up to five organizations will be awarded $25,000; and up to five organizations will be awarded $40,000. Eligible organizations are Camden City-based nonprofit organizations serving youth aged 3 to 18.
“Camden Education Fund was honored to partner with youth-serving organizations last year, and we are excited to expand our support for these important organizations this year,” said Camden Education Fund Board Member Jose Brito.
“Our schools do a lot, but they cannot do it alone. Supporting the whole child takes a village, and this grant program allows us to support and grow that village,” he continued.
In 2021, Camden Education Fund launched the Youth-Serving Organization Grant program for the first time, awarding grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to 21 non-profit organizations, including, among others, the Camden Dream Center, LUCY Outreach, and the DaeLight Foundation. YSO grantees participated in capacity-building and networking sessions hosted by accounting firm Holmes & Company. YSO grant funds can be used to support both operational costs and program needs.
This year, Camden Education Fund has added the third category of grants to its program, offering $40,000 to five nonprofits that partner directly with schools to maximize the impact of their efforts.
“Both our schools and non-profits have worked tirelessly to provide essential services to students, especially over the past two years. Our students have many needs, and supporting nonprofits in integrating their services and programs into schools serves to benefit both students and the school community-at-large. We’re excited to offer this grant opportunity to the Camden non-profit community,” said Jonathan Garr, Director of School Investments at Camden Education Fund.
Applications are due March 29. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.
For more information and to apply, organizations can visit www.camdenedfund.org/yso.
About CEF: Camden Education Fund (CEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating progress in Camden’s public school system. CEF works with families, school partners, and community leaders to identify citywide needs in education. CEF then provides grants and develops strategic partnerships to address these citywide needs. Grantees include schools, non-profits, and universities. During the pandemic, Camden Education Fund deployed $1.2 million to support public schools in Camden, including $800,000 in Open Doors / Safe Classrooms grants to support schools in preparing for the hybrid environment and $370,000 to ensure all Camden students had access to laptops.