At Risk Mentoring in Aurora, IL, has the honor of gratefully accepting a $2,500.00 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. This grant will be utilized to help facilitate our Mobile Computer Lab.
The Mobile Computer Lab will serve teenagers who are “land-locked” for services. There is a lack of access to computer technology in the local community for youth. While there are services available in Aurora, there are pockets that are not being reached. At Risk Mentoring reaches out to kids in large complexes and public housing that are not being serviced by existing organizations. At Risk Mentoring is meeting this need and reaching youth who otherwise would not be receiving services. The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is helping At Risk Mentoring reach these kids.
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois. Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to giving.
Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $90 million in assets and has awarded more than $70 million in grants and scholarships. For more information on the Community Foundation, visit www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.
At Risk Mentoring’s purpose is “to bring access and availability of technology and progressive problem solving to children who have been labeled as “at-risk” by their school or social service agency because of their economic reality or geographic area. If there is no intervention on behalf of a certain segment of our community, the prospects for a better life will become more difficult. Our Mobile Computer Lab could help bring technology on a rolling basis to children living in a forgotten area.
If you’re interested in learning more about how the Computer Lab could come to your area, assisting a student, becoming a volunteer, or making a donation, please visit our website (www.atriskmentoring.com) or contact us via e-mail at David@atriskmentoring.com. Or, you may call us at (630) 476-0171.
David E. Smith Jr.