The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are pleased to announce they have received grants from the PPL Foundation to support Power Scholars Academy at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, $5,000 grant award, and the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program at the Greater Scranton YMCA, $4,000 grant award.
Without access to educational activities during the summer, children who are already behind in reading are at risk of falling further behind their peers. For children who need additional help with their reading skills, the Greater Scranton YMCA is proud to offer a learning loss prevention program for children entering first and second grades at the Mid Valley Elementary Center.
The Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, one of three of YMCA of the USA’s signature achievement gap programs, supports cognitive, physical and social-emotional growth while focusing on helping children read at grade level and is currently ongoing.
“Thanks to the generosity of partners like the PPL Foundation, the Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are able to continue making strides towards combating the achievement gap,” said Trish Fisher, President & CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA.
“With their support, along with the support of all of our program partners, our Ys are able to serve the children from our communities who need these programs most.”
The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.
“The challenges we face in our communities are complex and there is no easy solution. The goal of the PPL Foundation is to bring together people, ideas and resources to tackle some of these challenges collectively,” said Lissette Santana, chief operating officer of the PPL Foundation.
“We’re proud to be able to support nonprofit organizations working to address the issues most relevant in our community.