The Latchkey League awards grants to nonprofit organizations that support after-school programs for children in Collier County. The League will accept grant applications through the Community Foundation of Collier County. The League will evaluate the needs of Collier County organizations that provide after-school programs including tutoring sports, dance, music, art, theater and communications.
In November 2016, the Latchkey League selected New Horizons of Southwest Florida to receive a $50,000 grant. New Horizons is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk youth through tutoring, mentoring and faith-building. Their volunteers help students achieve success, develop strong character and improve social skills.
(November 17, 2017 – Naples, FL) The Latchkey League, whose mission is to provide educational, cultural and recreational services to children who need after-school supervision, has granted $50,000 to two Collier County youth organizations. Checks were presented to the non-profit organizations on November 17, 2017, at the Latchkey League membership luncheon.
A grant of $25,000 was presented to New Horizons, and was received by their Executive Director, Debra Haley. New Horizon’s mission is to empower at-risk youth to reach their full potential through tutoring, mentoring and faith-building. The grant will be used to help further their mission and help 460 students receive tutoring and assistance with school work, as well as help the organization promote good citizenship.
A $25,000 grant for educational materials was presented to The Salvation Army, and accepted by Paul Conklin, Director of The Fran Cohen Youth Center.The Salvation currently serves 120 children who are considered at-risk. The Center provides programs for children of all ability levels the opportunity to play and grow in a positive and safe environment. The programs strive to develop the whole child – within their environment – to help them grow physically, mentally and socially. Funding for the center’s construction was raised by the Latchkey League, and the building was officially dedicated in April of this year.
“We’re doing great things for our local children who are at-risk with the assistance and dedication of our volunteers and donors,” said Myra Janco Daniels, founder of the Latchkey League. “The word is getting out and we were fortunate to recently receive 400 pairs of new shoes through the efforts of The Shoe Warehouse. The Salvation Army channeled these shoes to needy children and adults in Immokalee with the help of The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County. It’s a pleasure to be part of this effort to help our local youth.”