COI receives grant for after-school program

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced $10.9 million in new grants for 68 Advantage After School Programs across New York state. These grants will provide thousands of school-age children with three hours of after-school care every weekday during the regular school year.

Through these grants, children will have access to extra academic programming through age-appropriate activities that will help prepare them for life after graduation.

After-school programming was created to provide youth with educational, interesting, and fun activities during the after-school hours. Recent research has proven the benefits to children that participate in quality after school programming. These benefits include improved school attendance and academic achievement, better relationship skills with peers, and fewer behavioral and emotional problems. Students who attend after-school programming are also less likely to be involved in risky behaviors after school hours.

Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. is proud to be a recipient of a $158,125 grant for after-school programming to be utilized in the Brocton School District.

COI strives to create economic opportunities that afford each individual a ladder out of poverty and improve the overall well being of the entire community. For more information on the services that Chautauqua Opportunities offers the community, call the Jamestown office at 661-9430, the Dunkirk location at 366-8176, or log onto www.chautauquaopportunities.com.