To help provide students with safe spaces to learn remotely, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has announced grants totaling $1 million to five community centers in Flint.
The centers — Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village ($268,000), Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint ($250,000), Berston Field House ($200,000), Latinx Community Center ($150,000), and Flint Development Center ($132,000) — will use their grants to hire additional staff; purchase and distribute Chromebooks, personal protection equipment (PPE), and school supplies; improve Internet access; and support tutoring and translation services. All five centers will be open during the traditional school day as well as after school to provide a safe environment where students can log into their classes, connect with one another, participate in recreational and enrichment activities, and do their homework. The centers also will provide meals during school and afterschool hours and will work with local families to connect them to other resources and services as needed.
The announcement builds on a grant of more than $1 million to Flint Community Schools announced by the foundation earlier this month for the purchase of iPads, Chromebooks, and mobile WiFi hotspots and to provide other resources for students who are learning remotely.
"Every child deserves to have a safe and nurturing place to learn," said Mott Foundation president and CEO Ridgway White. "Many parents and guardians still need to go to work and can’t be home to help with virtual learning. This is one step that can be taken right now to help support families during the school day and afterschool hours."
(Photo credit: Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village)