The Rotary Club of Evanston announced it will distribute $10,000 in community grants to the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) as a part of its recent effort to reduce violence in Evanston.
The three recipients of “Building a More Peaceful Evanston” grants will be recognized at the club’s luncheon meeting on June 4.
The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy has been chosen for a $5,000 grant, which will help fund “Voices, Ideas and Perspectives,” a four-week educational program that teaches students problem-solving, communication and conflict-resolution skills through small group activities and peer collaboration.
Funding will allow the Moran Center to expand the “Voices, Ideas and Perspectives” training from Evanston Township High School, where it has been in place since 2010, to Evanston students in the fourth through eighth grades – thus reaching a younger demographic in an effort to systematically reduce self-destructive and violent behavior in the community.
Corporate support for the special $5,000 grant was provided by First Bank & Trust of Evanston, Northwestern University, NorthShore University Health Systems and Romano Brothers & Co. Wealth Management.
The YWCA and Y.O.U. were selected to receive grants of $2,500 each. These organizations will work jointly on a program called “The Allied Against Violence Project,” which is aimed at ending sexual and domestic violence against youth. The program will focus on raising awareness of these issues among students at ETHS.
“Thanks to the generous donations of our corporate sponsors, we were able to significantly increase our distribution of funding for this effort in 2015,” said Rotary Club of Evanston President Paul Larson. “We are extremely grateful for the support of these organizations, who share with us a strong commitment to making Evanston a peaceful community.”