Foundation announces $20,000 in youth grants

Horizon teen-age council decides projects to fund

January 29, 2002

Horizon Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Krieg has announced an award of more than $20,000 in grants to schools and organizations serving youths in Howard County.

The grants were made through the Horizon Youth Action Council, a group of 15 teen-age volunteers brought together to share perspectives on health and wellness issues.

Council members reviewed the grant proposals and then decided which to fund and on what terms. Site visits will be scheduled by council members to follow the funded projects.

Teen-agers will be involved in implementing the programs that received grants.

The initiatives are sponsored by Howard County public schools, nonprofit organizations and faith-based groups that serve young people.

Grants were awarded to:

Tech Teaching Tolerance (Triple T): This is a program sponsored by the School Improvement Team of Wilde Lake Middle School in which pupils develop lesson plans on tolerance, using wireless technology.

Reaching and Teaching Teens (RATT): The Long Reach Church of God Youth Group will work to engage young people in developing creative options for recreational activities in the community.

Youth Leadership Development Institute College Tour: In this project of the Youth Leadership Development Institute of New Zion United Methodist Church, teen-agers will provide opportunities for other students to acquire skills for college admissions tests and learn more about college life through tours of local colleges.

Prepare for Success: The community-based project, coordinated by The Link at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, collects school supplies for students in need.

Omnis Musica: A project of the Howard County Music Teachers Association, Omnis Musica will organize musical performances for residents unable to travel to community programs.

Shared Havens: The after-school program is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Middle School Student Leadership Council. Pupils can learn about marine science and mountain climbing.

Student Wellness Achievement Team (SWAT): The Elkridge Landing Middle School project will work to improve wellness in the school environment and help respond to school or community crises.

Support Group for Homeless Youth: Congregations Concerned for the Homeless will provide support services and a safe environment for homeless youths to discuss their concerns.

Project My Nature, My Home: Members of the Oakland Mills High School Environmental Club will develop lessons on environmental issues and teach them to elementary school pupils.

Girls Related Action Support Program (GRASP): A pupil-run support group for middle-school girls, the program is sponsored by the Leadership Council of GRASP at Wilde Lake Middle School.

Parenting for Success Workshops: Workshops for grandparents raising young children are sponsored by the Youth Enrichment Program Inc.

The grants are from $800 to $3,000. The Horizon Youth Action Council will begin recruiting council members in March.

Information: Kathleen Sheedy, 410-715-0311.

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