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Eight grants totalling nearly a quarter of a million dollars have been awarded to the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut for youth development and education programming.  Among the grants is $165,491 from the Grossman Family Foundations to enroll low-income Danbury students at the Y's Children's Center in Bethel for before and after school programs. 


Many of the grants will go to the Y's Escape to the Arts Center. 


General Mills recently named the Y as one of 50 nationwide Champions for Healthy Kids grant recipients.  The Students Can Run and Move (SCRAM) fitness nutrition program will be expanded from four Danbury elementary Schools to a fifth school.


The Perrin Family Foundation has awarded $25,000 to support the youth development activities at the Regional YMCA’s ESCAPE to the Arts center in downtown Danbury. ESCAPE’s three core programs – After School, Achievers and Youth & Government – help underprivileged teens develop the personal and leadership skills they need for prosperous futures. The funds will be used to support leadership building activities and art projects that will draw attention to student-identified societal issues during the 2014-2015 school year.


Fairfield County Community Foundation, the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, and the Lily Palmer Fry Foundation have awarded $20,000, $2500 and $4000 respectively to the Regional YMCA to help disadvantaged children attend summer camp programs.  Thanks to these funds, dozens of children will be able to spend their summer vacations laughing, learning and exploring at Camp Greenknoll and ESCAPE to the Arts.


Pitney Bowes has granted $5000 to support the ESCAPE After School and Summer Camp programs. 


People’s United Bank has awarded $3000 to the Achievers program at ESCAPE to the Arts.  Achievers help underprivileged high school students pursue higher education and career goals through individual mentoring and personal/leadership development workshops.


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