08/19/08 — Rebuilding Broken Places receives grant for after-school programs

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Rebuilding Broken Places receives grant for after-school programs

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on August 19, 2008 1:39 PM

Rebuilding Broken Places has received an $80,500 grant to provide after-school services to Wayne County students for the coming year, with the option to renew for up to two additional years.

The Support Our Students, or SOS, grant, came from the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Rebuilding Broken Places has operated an after-school program since July 2005, serving over 100 students. John Barnes, CEO of the organization said the grant will allow it to continue.

"In order for students to close the achievement gap they must get an early start and have someone they can count on to help them," he said.

The program operates at Greenleaf Vision of Faith Community Center and Goldsboro Housing Authority sites at Lincoln Homes Community Center and Woodcrest Terrace Community Center.

In addition to homework help, community service projects and character development activities, other goals will now be accomplished through the additional funding. Barnes said RBP will evaluate program outcomes by establishing student benchmarks, performing quarterly student assessments and analysis of such data as standardized state end-of-grade achievement test scores.

New program components will include a cross-age tutoring project and Project YESS Clubs such as sports, music, dance and computers. The award will serve students in grades K-8 attending Carver Heights, School Street, North Drive, Goldsboro Intermediate and Dillard Middle Schools. Students at other schools must meet program selection criteria in order to attend.

Applications are currently being accepted at the Rebuilding Broken Places office, 2105 N. William Street. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the program director, Rose Hinnant at 581-9178, ext. 105.