Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced a $2.3 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant from the Department of Education for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). "This grant will support a new initiative for our children, the Learning Centers for Learning Communities program," Pelosi said. "These learning centers will help at-risk youth in four middle schools, providing them with academic, recreational and counseling activities."
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program was established by Congress to award grants to rural and inner city public schools implementing programs that benefit the educational, health, social services, cultural and recreational needs of the community. In San Francisco, the Everett, Gloria R. Davis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Academic and Visitacion Valley middle schools will participate. "There are too many opportunities for our young people to go astray. This program will provide safe, stimulating and supervised activities after-school, on weekends and over the summer," Pelosi said.
The SFUSD application was one of 98 selected from nearly 2,000 received by the Department of Education. "This recognizes the strength of the local effort to not only identify problems, but also develop worthy solutions to these problems," Pelosi said. The current appropriation for the entire program is $40 million. The President's FY'99 budget proposes an increase to $200 million.
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