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Kildee delivers new federal funding to expand educational programs in Genesee County

Kildee-secured funds benefiting five Genesee County nonprofits

 FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee recently highlighted new federal funding he secured, as a part of his community project funding initiative, to improve and expand extracurricular educational opportunities for Genesee County youth.

Congressman Kildee recently announced $1,905,421 to support a range of extracurricular educational programming in Genesee County, including:

  • $1,000,000 to Sloan Museum of Discovery at the Flint Institute of Science and History to support afterschool programs in STEM education for students;
  • $463,500 to the Crim Fitness Foundation to support the Families For Life (FFL) program. FFL is a full-service community schools initiative expanding learning opportunities, adult education, literacy and social-emotional learning;
  • $193,921 to the Flint Institute of Music to support music therapy in the treatment of mental and behavioral health issues for students K-8;
  • $148,000 to the Flint Institute of Arts to expand the JumpSTART program to train early childhood classroom teachers how to incorporate art education into their curriculum throughout the school year;
  • $100,000 to the Flint Soap Box Derby to support experimental STEM learning and workforce development.

“Investing in our children’s education is essential to our community’s success,” said Kildee. “But not all learning happens in the classroom. I’m proud to have secured new federal funding for five community organizations that provide extracurricular programing to Genesee County kids. By increasing access to arts, sports and STEM education outside the classroom, we can help our kids succeed in the classroom, and become well-rounded adults. In Congress, I will continue to bring home federal resources for mid-Michigan students.”

At last Friday’s press conference in Flint, Kildee was joined by Todd Slisher, executive director of the Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium, Lauren Holaly-Zembo, CEO of Crim Fitness Foundation, Rodney Lontine, president and CEO of the Flint Institute of Music, Tracee Glab, executive director of the Flint Institute of Arts and Kevin Cronin, executive director of the Flint Soap Box Derby, Stephanie Stewart, a local parent and Girl Scout troop leader, and Chelsea Horton, a local educator.

Congressman Kildee has been a staunch supporter extracurricular programming for mid-Michigan children. Recently, Kildee secured $650,000 federal funding to create a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education program for students at Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village’s (SBEV’s) north Flint afterschool center, in coordination with Berston Field House’s youth mentoring program for young adults.

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