Terrell Co. Youth Center Receives Thousands of Dollars in Funding

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) — The Positive Directions Youth Center recently received the grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Center. This will help them get into the school year.

The grant amount is $315,000.

Program director Dorothy Tomlin said it was a continuation award.

“We originally got five years, so this is the fourth year we’ve been getting the continuation grant,” Tomlin said. “And it’s critical here in Terrell County to continue to provide after-school enrichment.”

This includes the center’s upcoming after-school program. It starts on August 8.

“It will go into STEM pursuits,” Tomlin said. “This will pay for certified teachers who will come in the afternoons to enrich our children in math and reading. Help with homework. And we provide an after school snack and meal each day.

Dorothy Tomlin is the Program Manager of Positive Directions Youth Center.(WALB)

Tomlin said she felt the grant was well deserved.

“Because we do a great job,” she said. “We are good stewards of the funds given to us. And our attendance is excellent. And in Terrell County, it’s the only program kids have after school. »

Tomlin says she hopes the fun and learning the children experienced during the summer will continue.

“We had a wonderful summer with our children,” she says. “It was farm themed. They had a wonderful time. We’ve had a lot of field trips and plan to do a few and plan to do a lot of activities with our kids this next school term.

Parents still have the option of enrolling their children in the after-school program before school starts by visiting the center at 524 Oak Street in Dawson City from 3-5 p.m. this week or by making an appointment with Tomlin.

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