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The Rubin Community Fellows Program Announces Grant Funding for Projects in Rensselaer County



The Louis and Hortense Rubin Community Fellows Program is pleased to announce the projects that have been selected to receive grant funding for 2018-2019. Funding supports non-profit organizations and government agencies in Rensselaer County.

The projects include:

Children’s Museum of Science & Technology, $13,106 - CMOST will develop a computer game that teaches the importance of accurate measurement. CMOST’s “Measures for Measuring” program currently focuses on fostering the ability to measure area, perimeter, mass, volume, and distance. CMOST will update the Measures for Measuring curriculum and purchase new equipment and supplies for the outreach program. They plan to pilot the program to over 1,000 4th grade students in Rensselaer County during the spring of 2019. As a companion to the outreach program, CMOST will install a measuring exhibition inside the museum. This exhibit will feature a rotating hands-on display of measuring tools with various challenges. Children from pre-K to middle school will discover how to measure and how to use the different scales, balances and measuring devices.

Hope 7, $10,000 -  Hope 7 currently serves 183 children throughout the year in their after-school program, summer camp, and evening teen enrichment program, primarily from the city of Troy. Hope 7 would like to grow this program to bring more teens in, offer specific programming for older teens, offer programming more than once a week, and partner with organizations that offer counseling and programs on difficult topics these youth are dealing with such as substance abuse, sexuality, and job skills. Hope 7 would also like to offer counseling during after school hours to youth 5-13 whose parents want them to participate in counseling, but don’t have the finances or transportation to get them to counseling sessions.

Troy Boys & Girls Club, $3,500 - Troy Boys & Girls Club has been the cornerstone of youth development in the City of Troy. For 2018, Troy Boys & Girls Club wants to focus on developing new opportunities for our youth to explore different careers all while learning valuable job readiness skills. 

The goals for this project are to:

  • Teach Basic Job Reediness Skills through the Jr. Staff Facilitators Guide
  • Educate youth about careers that can be obtained through a work program, certificate program, union position, etc. (Not a typical four-year degree career)
  • Track the youth over their journey and pair them up with positive mentors within our community (College Students, Local Union Leaders, Business Owners, Etc.)
  • Set at least 50 youth on the right path to success

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, $5,000 - This project will address audience development and engagement for the Music Hall by identifying populations within the county not currently being served by the Music Hall’s programs. Demographic analysis of under-represented groups in our communities will determine what types of programing are appealing, by what means these groups become aware of cultural and entertainment programming, as well as economic and social factors affecting their choices, including real or perceived barriers to participation.

Vanderhyden Hall, $3,500- Vanderhyden Hall will implement a college prep program for their students. Vanderhyden Hall’s vision is to continue the work of providing life-changing care to the youth, individuals and families they serve for another 180 years.

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