The Legacy Youth Alliance Grant Committee has awarded $2,500 to al Exito Ottumwa as part of its Fall 2020 grant cycle. Funds will be used to provide activities in which high school students are paired with middle school students to help them reconnect from the pandemic and improve their mental and physical state.
Pictured delivering the grant award are, left to right, Kaitlyn Baeza, Legacy Youth Alliance Member, Luis Lozano, Juventino Leyva Garcia and OHS Principal Richard Hutchinson.
The Legacy Youth Alliance is made up of high school students from the Ottumwa, Cardinal, Eddyville and Pekin school districts. The alliance gives young people a voice in the issues that affect them now, and the skills to confront the challenges they will face in the future. After reviewing 9 funding requests this cycle, the Legacy Youth Alliance also awarded funding to the following programs:
- American Home Finding for the installation of a heavy-duty fiber glass door and frame to the upstairs bedroom at the Youth Emergency Shelter in Agency.
- Cardinal Before/After School Program to support the before and after school daycare program which provides academic support, free play time, physical activity, fresh air outside guided play and snacks.
- Sensory and Behavioral Health Regulation Room to create a sensory friendly and safe active space for youth with special needs.