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Deadline approaches for ALIVE Center’s Community Partnerships grant program

Three times a year the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships distributes funding for projects that involve campus and community partnerships. The Center provided grants for four projects from the April deadline, and now encourages others to apply for the upcoming July 1 deadline.

The Community Partnership Incentive Award funds can be utilized for service-learning, community development, or community-based research projects. Students, faculty, staff and community partners are eligible to apply. Funding up to $1,000 can be awarded for curricular or co-curricular service-learning projects, up to $3,000 for community development projects, and up to $5,000 for community-based research projects.

One of the recently awarded community development projects supports a partnership between the WKU TRIO programs, Bowling Green and Warren County School Districts, Housing Authority of Bowling Green, and members of Community in Crisis. The project titled Community in Crisis-100 (CNC-100) will empower 100 African American young men with the necessary skills to succeed, as well as educate the Bowling Green/Warren County community of the African American male student population’s academic and behavioral plights, requiring accountability from students, families, schools and communities to assist in eliminating this crisis.

WKU TRIO’s Talent Search Director Martha Sales worked significantly with the Community in Crisis organization mentors which include individuals from the Bowling Green Police Department, General Motors, city government, teachers, parents, business leaders and WKU faculty and staff to develop this project. The CNC-100 project will incorporate the “Why Try” program to improve student retention, academic performance, school behavior, personal development, and build life skills for the African American males in grades 6-12 who attend Bowling Green-Warren schools.

“The CPIA funding has assisted me with impacting the lives of individual (participants), their families, as well as their communities. Many educational opportunities are available to low-income first generation students, however, this population may not have the skills necessary to take advantage of these opportunities,” Sales said. “The CPIA funds provided activities, sessions, events and educational workshops that assisted in skill development and empowerment not only for participants but for their families and the communities in which they live.”

Through the “Why Try” program, the CNC-100 mentors will address an identified crisis and offer solutions during their weekly mentoring meetings with the 100 participants, as well as in educational meetings with the BG/WC school districts’ superintendents, faculty and staff members, community members, and leaders.

To read about other Community Partnership Incentive Awards projects or to find more information on applying for the CPIAs, visit the ALIVE Center’s website at www.wku.edu/alive. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Nadia De Leon at 270-782-0082 or email at nadia.deleon@wku.edu before submitting an application.

Contact: Aurelia Spaudling, (270) 745-0082.

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