FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Contact: Jamie Banks, 704-432-5111
Today is Lights on Afterschool Day, a national celebration of afterschool programs that promotes the critical importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, their families and their communities. In celebration, Mayor Foxx has issued a proclamation naming October 20th Lights on Afterschool Day in Charlotte and also announced a new process developed by City Council to fund afterschool programs.
“The City of Charlotte recognizes that afterschool and summer programs can play a vital role in helping youth to achieve success in school and in their personal lives,” said Mayor Anthony Foxx. “As a City, we must work with the entire community to ensure our youth have quality program options when not in school,” he added.
To help address these needs, the City of Charlotte will continue to fund afterschool and summer enrichment programs for low-to-moderate income families. In an effort to ensure the greatest number of youth will be served, the City of Charlotte is changing its funding decisions approach for afterschool programs. In December of 2011, community afterschool providers may apply for funding by requesting a Request for Proposal (RFP) process initiated by the City. The City will accept proposals from providers that are a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit or government entity.
The City will engage a committee comprised of educators and child advocates to develop standards for the RFP. The committee will review the afterschool proposals submitted and make funding recommendations to staff and the City Council. The funding agreements will be for one year terms, beginning July 1, 2012.
In addition to funding afterschool programs, the City also supports youth through the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program, Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance, Police Activities League and Gang of One program. For more information, please visit www.mayor.charlottenc.gov