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Lilly Grant to Boost UE Youth Outreach


University to create Office of Youth Programs

The University of Evansville has received a $1 million grant for youth camps and afterschool programs. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

UE says the grant from the Lilly Endowment will boost its youth outreach in the Evansville community and beyond.

The university says it will establish a new Office of Youth Programs.

The office will develop and oversee PathFinder programs for middle and high school students.

Some of the initial PathFinder programs include Springboard, STEM, Wesley Shepherd Music, UE Dance Company, and UE Explorers.

Springboard prepares and empowers high school students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged.

Wesley Shepherd Music is a week-long summer music camp, hosted by the UE Music Conservatory for grades 6-12.

And UE Explorers is a new afterschool program that will show middle school students new academic areas.

University President Christopher Pietruszkiewicz, says the PathFinder initiative will help youth envision a future for themselves that begins with a college education.

He said the university is “very grateful” to Lilly Endowment for sharing the vision.