School District 65, in collaboration with Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.), will provide after-school programs for students at Oakton and Washington this year with a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (21st CCLC) grant in the amount of $248,134. The U.S. Department of Education funds the grant through the Illinois State Board of Education.

The grant will be used beginning this fall to provide students with homework help, academic and cultural enrichment, and recreation and youth development activities. The five-year grant is anticipated to total $629,569 contingent upon available funding from the federal government.

Superintendent Hardy Murphy expressed his appreciation to Myra Janus, the District 65 21st CCLC Program Coordinator, and to the District’s community partners. “Because of Ms. Janus and others involved in the 21st Century program, our program is recognized as a successful intervention that makes a difference in the all-important after-school hours for District 65 children,” he said in a prepared statement.

In the past five years District 65 has received over $2.3 million in 21st CCLC funds for programs at Kingsley, Oakton, Washington and Chute Schools. The 2009-10 funding cycles afford program opportunities for students at Oakton Elementary, Washington Elementary and Chute Middle Schools.

For questions about the program, please contact Myra Janus, District 65 21st CCLC Program Coordinator at janusm@district65.net or 847-492-5971 or Leah Seligman, Y.O.U. Program Director leah.seligman@youevanston.org or 847-866-1201 ext. 321.