TGKVF focuses its discretionary grantmaking on building community wealth and fostering collaboration. The recently funded partnership between the Appalachian Reading Center and The Bridge of Mission WV illustrates the collaboration the Foundation champions. The partnership, which began in 2015, targets students in kinship and foster care by providing high-quality tutoring and reading remediation services in Clay County Schools. Within six months, the program has yielded impressive results as students, grades K-8, receive one-on-one, intensive tutoring. For the first time, many students are able to really understand how letters and sounds work together to form words. One student reported
“I actually want to try to read out loud. I never wanted to read out loud before.” Another student told her parent, “I don’t dread school anymore because I know I’ll be able to figure it out now.”
While the students’ capabilities have increased, their attitudes toward learning and reading, and themselves, have also been transformed.
Mission WV $55,629 (Education) In its second year of collaboration with TEAM for WV Children’s Fostering Futures program and other partners, Mission WV’s project “The Bridge” will continue to serve foster children and their caretakers in TGKVF’s six-county region through mentorship, advocacy, and support services. Funding will assist with academic support, staffing and mentoring, self-sufficiency coaching, and enrichment activities for foster youth.
Read more in the Foundation’s Fall 2016 newsletter here.