Community Foundation awards $63,525 in Hiwela Youth Grants - April 19 2011

OSHKOSH, WI -- The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awarded $63,525 in youth-focused grants this month.

The Hiwela Youth Fund, a field of interest fund of the Community Foundation, supports projects and programs that promote youth development. The fund also awards monies to nonprofits to send needy youth to summer camps.

Sixteen Oshkosh area nonprofits will receive aid for youth activities and programs and 10 groups will receive funds for summer camps as part of the Hiwela Fund's annual granting cycle.

Organizations receiving grants this spring include:

Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.: $1,000
Grant helps fund the chance for eight to 12 girls to attend summer teen leadership programs, including Nature Investigators, Program Aid Training and Girl University.

Oshkosh Community YMCA: $5,000
Grant helps fund Teen Adventure Program, which includes weekly field trips, art and crafts, science and nature discoveries, team building strategies, swimming, ice skating and more.

Junior Achievement: $2,500
Grant helps fund Excellence Through Ethics Program, which allows corporate and community leaders to engage in discussions and activities with students on ethics and ethical behavior.

Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh: $3,250
Grant helps fund youths attendance at the Keystone Character and Leadership Conference, which will help club members develop skills that enhance their efforts at the club.

Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh: $4,250
Grant helps fund Kids Safe Program, which allows families who do not receive county assistance to provide a safe environment for their children at the club while parents continue working.

ARC-Winnebago County Disability Association: $1,500
Grant helps fund Peer Power, a program that is designed to support disabled students to prepare for life after high school, including getting a job, enrolling in post-secondary school or independent community living.

Omro Middle School: $3,000
Grant helps fund a three-day camping trip to Lake Lucerne to enhance environmental education for middle school students.

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce: $3,100
Grant helps fund Youth Leadership Oshkosh, a program that brings students with leadership potential together to become more aware of their of community, it's challenges and potential.

Paine Art Center and Gardens: $2,000
Grant helps fund the Nature Exploration Station in the Paine's gardens. The station will allow visitors to observe and analyze nature.

Trees for Tomorrow: $2,500
Grant helps fund four-day Natural Resources Field Course, a workshop that will allow participants to learn tree identification, natural history, how wildlife survive in winter, human winter survival skills and conservation lifestyles.

Youth Go: $2,000
Grant helps fund Youth Go Leadership and Service Learning Program, including annual retreats and a spring break service trip.

Chaps Academy: $1,000
Grant helps fund the Special Gifts program, which provides equine assisted therapy to youths and their families dealing with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, attention deficit disorder and developmental disabilities.

Rawhide Inc.: $1,000
Grant helps fund Adventure Camp, a program that engages struggling teens in education, skills development and personal growth.

Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha: $2,000
Grant helps fund the After-School Mentoring Program, which matches students with mentors who work on academic and development skills as directed by a student, his or her family, teachers and counselors.

Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America: $2,250
Grant will help fund program materials for the Webelos Resident Camp Program.

Winnebago Audubon Society Inc.: $500
Grant will help fund Wisconsin Amphibian Program, which provides Oshkosh elementary school students with hands-on experiences with amphibians, salamanders, toads and frogs while they learn about their natural habitat.

Oshkosh Public Museum: $500
Grant helps pay storage fees for Hiwela artifacts.

The Hiwela Youth Fund also awarded campership grants to:
  • Oshkosh Community YMCA: $1,600 to send 10 children to Camp Winni-Y-Co
  • Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin: $2,500 to send eight individuals to Camp Sandy Wheels
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes: $4,000 to assist fees for 50 children to attend Summer Camp Adventures
  • UW-Extension Winnebago County: $1,675 to send several children to various summer camps
  • Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh: $8,100 to offset costs of 65 youths to attend various summer camps
  • Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services: $1,000 to send children to 4-H camps
  • Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha: $2,000 to send youths and their mentors to Camp Onaway
  • Boys & Girls Brigade: $2,000 to send children to Camp Onaway
  • Wisconsin Badger Camp: $800 to send children to Wisconsin Badger Camp
  • Friends of Camp Anokijig Inc.: $2,500 to send children to camp in Plymouth, Wis.

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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