Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Rtiz Announces Recipients of 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Daniel Altman
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that 24 organizations serving 80 after school sites throughout Indiana will receive 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants effective June 1, 2013. The grants are designed to provide academic enrichment opportunities for students. Grant awards range from $100,000 to $300,000. The total award for this year is approximately $4.7 million.

"I am honored to award these organizations that are working every day to strengthen their communities," said Superintendent Ritz. "These organizations work throughout the state to support student learning and development in communities affected by poverty. I look forward to working with them in the coming years as we continue to increase student performance thoughout Indiana."

The purpose of the program is to establish and bolster 21st Century Community Learning Centers that provide at-risk students with opportunities for academic and personal enrichment, and other activities designed to complement the students' regular academic program. The 21st CCLC program must also engage adult family members of actively participating students through educational and personal development opportunities.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center programs provide safe environments for students during non-school hours and may have more than one site, which can be located in a school, community facility, and/or faith-based facility. All centers must provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development including, but not limited to, tutoring and mentoring, academic enrichment (e.g. homework assistance, reading, math, science, and technology programs), service learning, character education, physical education/recreational activities, pre-AP and/or AP course development, and dropout prevention.

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is an after-school initiative authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The funded programs are intended specifically to assist students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

A total of 75 school corporations, nonprofits, and community organizations applied for a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. This year's awards will be funded for four years based upon annual reviews and successful implementation. This year's awardees join 51 grant recipients already serving 200 sites across Indiana.

2013 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Recipients:
AYS, Inc $200,000
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation $300,000
Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County $175,000
Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph $175,000
Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne $150,000
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Goshen $200,000
Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County $100,000
Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis $250,000
City of Indianapolis Parks & Recreation $275,000
Cloverdale Community Schools Corporation $175,000
Communities in Schools of Clark County $100,000
Cornerstone Youth Center $175,000
Decatur County Family YMCA $150,000
Evansville Vanderburgh School $300,000
Kokomo-Center Township Consolidated Schools $200,000
Lighthouse Academies of Indiana - Monument $175,000
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center $200,000
Michigan City Area Schools $299,940
Monroe County YMCA $200,000
MSD of Pike Township $250,000
Muncie Public Library $150,000
Perry Central Community School Corporation $100,000
Starke County Youth Club $226,000
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis $148,135
Total $4,674,075