Laurel Civic Awarded $25,000 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Support The Youth Empowerment Program

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Pictured: Laurel Civic youth have fun and learn on the Promethean ActivPanels. Photo courtesy of Laurel Civic.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County partners with Laurel Civic to support The John Jefferson Youth Empowerment Programs. From 1969 through today this nonprofit has served children and families in Sarasota equipping them to lead successful lives. Over the years they have grown to provide programs with cutting edge technology, dynamic speakers and enhanced learning opportunities. Nearly 75 children arrive by bus after school, Monday through Friday for the Homework Assistance Program. During the summer, teenagers attend the Teen Empowerment Summer Camp for seven weeks to explore career and training opportunities that match their interests and aptitudes. They also experience field trips and speakers that challenge, motivate and encourage them. Laurel Civics’ Summer Reading Program supports younger children learning to read, and to help prevent “summer slip” that can happen when kids are out of schools. Single parents are often the most grateful for the staff’s dependability and assistance with their children. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, single parent households are projected to increase in Sarasota County and these families are well acquainted with Laurel Civic. The number of overall students attending Laurel Civics' partner schools is growing as more families move to Sarasota County and the organization is here to meet those needs for parents.

Pictured: Laurel Civic youth have fun and learn on the Promethean ActivPanels. Photo courtesy of Laurel Civic.

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