BENEFITING: Martin Luther King Youth Center Inc
The Martin Luther King Youth Center is a place that provides many resources to children ages 5-13. The Center aims to address educational, cultural, social, and nutritional needs for children from all ethnic backgrounds. The After School Program is their flagship program and operates for the length of the academic school year- from September to June. They provide transportation from local area schools to the Center. Once at the Center, children receive academic tutoring and mentoring. They are then served hot meals before being taken home in the evening. Daniella has decided that as part of her Mitzvah project she will donate her time on a weekly basis by being a mentor and tutor to the children in the K-3rd grade rooms. She is also assisting them with administrative tasks as well as finding ways to get local companies to donate their services or funds to better the Center's offerings. The children that attend the Center come from homes where their parents are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford some of the things we take for granted such as school supplies, food, clothes, etc....There is a long waiting list to be a part of this valuable program that was started and funded by local community members that wanted to create a safe place for youth to hang out, do homework, and not get into trouble. From a tine one room building it has grown to a Center with a small library, a computer room, two classrooms, and two buses. Daniella would love to be able to help the Center with seed money for projects that the Director dreams of such as creating a community garden where the kids can grow food that can be used for their hot meals (they get a snack and dinner every day Monday-Friday at the Center) as well as learn valuable lessons on science, nutrition, math, etc... Daniella would also like to be able to start a scholarship for some of the children that get turned away because their parents cannot afford the stipend they are required to pay ($20 a month). Just so you can understand what the Center is working with it costs them $3000 a child to cover 10 months of hot meals, general operating support (electricity, water, insurance, maintenance to building and buses, etc..), school supplies, educational programming, etc... The MLK Center is the lifeline for these kids to a brighter tomorrow. I hope you can help Daniella with growing what MLK offers as well as assisting them with sponsoring a child.