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GT Awards $90,000 in Grants at 2022 Annual Meeting!

September 29, 2022

Giving Together’s 2022 Annual Meeting was held on the evening of September 29th at the Town of Chevy Chase Town Hall. Along with reports on the year’s activities and election of four board members (congrats to Sheryl Donaldson, Renee Licht, Harriet Shugerman and Ester Kurz Scheibel!) the program featured presentations from all the 2022 grant-finalist organizations, followed by member-voting.

By the end of the evening, GT members awarded grants totaling $90,000 to five Washington DC area non-profits serve local women and children in need. The new grantees are Access Youth, Urban Ed, Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria, LEEP to College Foundation and the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education. Congratulations to all the GT awardees and to all our GT members, whose generosity made these grants possible!

Here is more information on this year’s recipients:

MULTI-YEAR GRANT TO SUPPORT ANTI-TRUANCY PROGRAM IN DC WARD 8 ACCESS YOUTH $50,000 (over two-years) Located in Washington, DC, Access Youth works to keep DC youth in school and out of the criminal justice system. Their programs seek to reduce truancy and suspensions by addressing behavioral problems, teaching life skills and conflict resolution, and promoting restorative justice as an alternative to punishment. The grant is for general operating support. To learn more: ACCELERATOR GRANTS FOR BLACK-LED, BLACK-BENEFITING NON-PROFITS URBAN ED $15,000 Located in Washington, DC, UrbanEd provides technology-driven education, information and skills to low income area residents from early childhood through adulthood. Its STEMAcad program, for adults ages 18-35, offers industry-recognized certifications, enabling students to move from minimum wage jobs into IT careers at higher pay with benefits. The grant will support this program. To learn more: CONCERNED CITIZENS NETWORK OF ALEXANDRIA $10,000 Based in Northern Virginia, CCNA provides support to middle school students through its Reach and Rise for Excellence (RARE) program, as well as programs for parent engagement, financial literacy, access to mental health services, and a community forum. The grant will be used to support the RARE program. To learn more: LEEP TO COLLEGE FOUNDATION $10,000 Located in Prince George's County, MD, LEEP provides underserved middle school and high school youth with consistent, high quality academic support and enrichment so they can graduate high school and enter college or post-secondary vocational programs. The grant will expand the number of students served by LEEP. To learn more: FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF MUSIC AND EDUCATION $5,000 Located in Prince George's County, MD, FAME provides music education and educational support to middle and high school students. Offerings include the FAME jazz band, a summer music program and its core offering, Music is Central, provided throughout the academic year. The grant will support math tutoring to close the skills gap caused by the pandemic. To learn more:

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