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2009 Iowa’s Promise Youth Grants Awarded to 36 Youth Groups

5/6/2009

AMES, Iowa -- Recipients of the 2009 Iowa’s Promise Youth grants have been announced. More than $8,000 was awarded to 36 youth groups in Iowa. The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development, awarded grants up to $250 to qualifying groups.

“Research shows that youth who get involved in volunteer service at an early age are twice as likely to continue to serve as adults,” said Bob Selby, promotion and special events coordinator for the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. “The Iowa’s Promise Youth grant program is pleased to be able to offer this financial incentive to encourage groups to plan and complete a project in their community.”

The grants encourage local youth groups in Iowa to plan and carry out community improvement activities, especially project ideas that are unique to their communities. Youth groups must partner with other community groups to accomplish a common goal.  The grant money is added to local donations of time, money, labor, experience and materials to complete improvement projects. Last year more than 570 youth and 264 adult volunteers contributed more than 3,900 hours to their communities through the grants.

Many different types of projects received Iowa’s Promise Youth grants this year, although similar threads appear throughout the state. One main theme involved community beautification projects. Both Mahaska and Polk counties will landscape community locations, while Page County will be promoting recycling by placing recycling containers in the Essex High School Trojan Hall and athletic complex. 

Another common thread revolved around promoting learning. Four projects from Polk County will create library spaces at different Des Moines Boys and Girls Club sites, while Woodbury County will educate people about horse showing with an Equine Education Center.

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Contacts :
Sue Bogue, 4-H Development, (515) 294-1533, suebogue@iastate.edu

Caitlyn Miller, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, millercm@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu