Florida Community Loan Fund helped Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County with New Markets Tax CreditsFlorida Community Loan Fund, FCLF, helped Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County achieve their dream of a new club building, with financing through the New Markets Tax Credit, NMTC, program. FCLF has helped projects succeed in Florida's low-income communities for 20+ years, with a focus on projects that create high social impact. Learn more at www.fclf.org
Street Squash, a New Markets Tax Credit Success StoryStreetSquash, located in Harlem, is an innovative and successful urban youth enrichment program that was founded in 1999. StreetSquash combines academic activities, college preparation, community service, mentoring, and squash for boys and girls ages 9-18 to help them graduate from high school and move on to active and productive lives.
Thanks to $6.5 million in NMTC financing provided by HEDC New Markets, Inc., StreetSquash expanded into a 19,000 square foot facility in Harlem, NY in November 2008. The new facility has allowed StreetSquash to serve more than 750 Harlem public school children each year, providing 4 classrooms and a library, as well as 8 squash courts, a workout area, locker rooms, and administrative offices. StreetSquash was able to expand its after-school program to serve more 160 children annually; provide College Prep Program to 100 students annually; expand the Summer Discovery and Youth Employment Program to serve over 300 students annually; create an Alumni Outreach Program for nearly 100 high school graduates; and launch the Physical Education for Public Schools Program that serves over 750 students annually through daytime squash instruction gym programs.
Now that it has the physical capacity to serve more students, the organization added six full-time positions and fifteen part-time positions − two of which are filled by parents who live in the neighborhood. StreetSquash also doubled its volunteer base to 100 so that it can serve more students. Outside of organizational growth, the new building has increased StreetSquash’s efficiency, bolstered the organization’s external credibility, encouraged cohesion and community building, and improved students’ experiences of their physical surroundings. By investing in a center that expands operations and improves participants’ experiences, StreetSquash serves as a true community asset.
Tour The New YMCA Anthony Bowenproduced for the YMCA Anthony Bowen by Killerspots. http://killerspots.com
YMCA Anthony Bowen is just months away from re-opening! In June 2013, our friends and neighbors will be reintroduced to a historic landmark that has inspired hope and health for 160 years. The eclectic, cultural and vibrant U Street corridor has a new epicenter for wellness and connection at 14th & W Streets, NW. The new facility will feature:
-100 pieces of state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength equipment
-Heated 6-lane indoor pool with specialized aquatics programs and lap swimming
-A spacious group exercise studio with more than 100 signature classes, such as TRX, -Boxing, Zumba and Zero Base Gravity classes
-Rooftop terrace with a view of the city for classes, such as sunrise yoga and sunset cycling, and fun events
-A teaching kitchen where you can learn popular approaches to preparing nutritious meals from premier area chefs
-A living garden wall where healthy food goes from our garden to your table
-The latest 2-Story Rock Climbing Wall with customized climbing routes for all levels
-A mind and body studio with authentic, holistic and varied yoga, and other mindful classes to rejuvenate your spirit
-One of the city's largest and most unique Cycling Studios
-A cafe with refreshing, healthy drinks and snacks
-Youth Development Center with programs committed to the mental and physical well-being of your child. Youth programs include art appreciation, music, active play, nutrition, STEM education and Youth & Government.
-1,500 sq. ft. conference center with A/V and team-building areas
-And much more!
Hornell YMCA Community ImpactThe Y has an impact on many aspects of our community, from scholarship assistance and meeting space to a variety of programs for people of all ages.This Animoto video was created by students in the Hornell Intermediate School's 6th grade technology class and their teacher, Linda Walter.