Foundation awards $66,500 to nonprofits for youth programs - April 17 2014

OSHKOSH, WI - The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awarded more than $66,500 in grants this spring to local nonprofits that offer year-round and summer opportunities to benefit youth.

Agencies submitted a total of more than $113,000 in requests for funding from Youth and Hiwela Youth Camperships grants.

2014 Youth Grants
With support from the Hiwela Youth Fund, Oshkosh Youth Fund and Turner Youth and Children Fund, the following organizations received a total $33,993 in grants for programs and project benefitting children in Winnebago County:

Best Friends of Neenah Menasha
Site-based Mentoring - Children will receive one-on-one mentoring during school lunch or after school.

Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh
Keystone Club Conference 2014 - Teens will attend the National Youth Keystone Conference, a character and leadership program.

Chaps Academy, Inc.
Hope Lives: Suicide Prevention and Intervention - Youth battling depression, self-harm tendencies and suicidal thoughts will receive equine assisted mental health treatment.

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services
Teen F.I.L.T.E.R. - Teens will participate in the "Factoring in Love, Time, Energy & Relationships" project to build self-esteem and understanding of healthy relationships.

Friends of Camp Anokijig
Outdoor Education Experience - Program will expand to include middle school students from Oshkosh, Neenah and Menasha.

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Building Future Leaders - Financial aid will be provided for girls to participate in Scouting programs.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. ? Fox Cities and Oshkosh
Economics for Success - Seventh-grade students will participate in a series of learning experiences that builds a foundation of successful economic life skills.

Neenah Joint School District
Sailing Weeks ? Lakeview School - Fifth-grade students will learn about sailing and solar energy.

Oshkosh Area School District
Entrepreneurship Education - Students with learning disabilities, emotional behaviors and cognitive impairments will build creative, leadership and teamwork skills through opening and running school-based businesses.

Oshkosh Chamber Foundation
Youth Leadership Oshkosh - Twenty-four Oshkosh high school juniors will participate in an eight-day experience to learn about the community and get involved as young leaders.

Oshkosh Community YMCA
Teen Adventure Program - Low-income teens will experience a variety of activities designed to build life skills.

Paine Art Center and Gardens
Musical Oasis - Children will enjoy the environment of the Paine's historic gardens in an expanded area created for making music and having fun with instruments that can withstand the outside elements.

Rawhide Inc.
Adventure Camp - Boys ages 13-18 will participate in a week-long wilderness program that provides educational and personal growth opportunities, skills development and therapeutic counseling.

School District of Omro
Middle School Outdoor Environmental Education - Two-night camping experience for sixth graders brings environmental studies to life and provides recreational learning opportunities.

Winnebago Audubon Society
Wisconsin Amphibians Program - Environmental educator Randy Korb will visit 16 local elementary schools to share his collection of live Wisconsin amphibians (frogs, salamanders and toads).

Winneconne Community School District
School Forest Pond Restoration and Water Quality Education - Renovations and improvements to the Norbert Rich School Forest will allow students to access the property for pond and stream studies.

Youth Go
Empowering Youth Program - At-risk youth will participate in activities that provide opportunities to learn about the community, give back to their neighbors and develop leadership skills.

2014 Hiwela Youth Campership Grants
Supported by the Hiwela Youth Fund, the following organizations received a total of $32,622 in grants for camperships for residents of Winnebago County:

Best Friends of Neenah Menasha for community-based mentoring: Camp Onaway
Boys' & Girls' Brigade Association for Camp Onaway scholarship assistance
Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh for camping scholarships
Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin Inc. for residential Camp Sandy Wheels
Easter Seals Wisconsin for camp Wawbeek camperships
Friends of Camp Anokijig for camperships for needychildren
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes for summer Camp Adventures
Muscular Dystrophy Association for summer Camp
Oshkosh Community YMCA for Camp Winni-Y-Co
Wisconsin Badger Camp for campership Program

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.


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