Key Bank Grants $15,000 for Teen Enrichment Program

Key Bank Grants $15,000 for Teen Enrichment Program for District Middle School Students
Posted on 01/10/2018
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Key Bank has given $15,000 to fund the Strategic Teen Enrichment Program (STEP) for Rome City School District 7th and 8th graders at the YMCA of Rome. The grant will also be used to bring outside agencies to the Y to present specific subject matters that will help the students with important things they will encounter as they get older. Some programs will include: Job readiness, money matters, addiction, relationships, real estate, whether it’s a house or shopping for an apartment, and careers and college readiness discussed by instructors from MVCC.


The goal is to have 30-40 students participate in the program. Students will be bused to the Y two days a week from 2:30-4:30 p.m. or 3-5 p.m., whichever coincides with the dismissal time. The program is entirely free and on a volunteer basis for whomever is interested. The Y will provide incentive gift cards for participation along with a snack when they arrive to the Y. If students complete the program with 80% attendance they will receive a one year membership to the Y. If time permits they would like to also work in educational field trips possibly to local colleges.

“For eight years the YMCA has been running the STEP program at RFA for 9-12 graders. It’s been very successful, so why not give it a try at the Middle School level where skills are needed even more so,” said Bruce Hairston, Multi Team Leader of the Rome Y. Hairston says he wrote the grant “because I felt and heard from others that we need a similar type of program at the 7th/8th grade level.

The goal is to start the new program by the end of the month or early part of February if everything is able to be set up in that time frame. The RFA program starts January 16th and runs every Tuesday & Thursday from 2:30-4:30 p.m.


Photo from left to right: Bill Guglielmo – President Rome Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Zuckerman –VP Benefits Consulting Key Bank, Nick Reid – Team Leader for Youth Development Rome Y, Hank Leo – CEO of The YMCA of The Greater Tri-Valley, Bruce Hairston – Multi Team Leader of the Rome Y, Tracy O’Rourke – Principal of Strough Middle School, Peter Blake – Superintendent of the Rome City School District

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