Harris County Department of Education’s CASE awarded $2 million grant
from Houston Endowment for after-school initiatives
A $2 million grant was recently awarded to the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, or CASE, by Houston Endowment Inc. The award funds several strategic after-school initiatives in greater Harris County, beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. CASE, a division of Harris County Department of Education, provides after-school programs and support to about 12,000 youth in grades pre-k through 12.
The grant was awarded to CASE through the Education Foundation of Harris County, a local education nonprofit that supports innovative educational programs for K-12 public education youth in greater Harris County.
“Funds from Houston Endowment allow CASE to offer support to after-school providers through the CASE After-School Initiative competitive grant process,” said Lisa Caruthers, CASE director.
Specifically, the financial support brings nonprofit, after-school providers to after-school programs. The nonprofits provide services such as fine arts, leadership, career exploration and academic enrichment.
The process allows small to mid-size nonprofit schools and community-based organizations the opportunity to gain $2,000-$30,000, one-time grants to maximize their after-school programs.
Additionally, funding supports the CASE AmeriCorps program which provides AmeriCorps members to work in after-school programs. AmeriCorps members provide hands-on support with CASE Kids’ Day curriculum. Lessons allow students to enhance skills in critical subjects like science, math and technology while exploring career opportunities in fun venues.
The grant also supports the CASE Ambassador high school leadership program. CASE Ambassadors learn to be advocates for after-school and serve as the youth advisory board for CASE.
Funds also lend support for after-school training on subjects that range from social media best practices to at-risk intervention support.
“These funds help us further our mission to strengthen, support and sustain after-school programs in our community,” said Caruthers. “This funding helps us leverage government dollars we receive to support model after-school programming in greater Houston.
“After-school programs allow students to have fun, receive academic enrichment, improve physical activity and explore future career options.”
As an intermediary, CASE provides a variety of programs and resources for the after-school community including technical assistance, curriculum-based programming and funding.
For more information about the grant resources, including program funding and training, access CASE at www.hcde-texas.org or call (713) 696-1360.
About CASE: CASE provides after-school programs in 100 after-school sites in Harris County for about 12,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children. Formed in 1999 by Harris County Department of Education, the CASE vision is to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to a quality after-school program. Access http://www.hcde-texas.org.