YMCA of Rock River Valley

Contact Information

200 Y Blvd
Rockford, IL 61107 - 3019
(815) 489-1133
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2012

Executive Summary

The YMCA of Rock River Valley is applying for AmeriCorps funding to address educational needs in the surrounding community as well as encourage more healthy lifestyles for its residents. The YMCARRV is located in Rockford, IL , Winnebago County and is 80 miles northwest of Chicago.

In recent years the Rockford community has been experiencing extremely high levels of unemployment, currently 17%, the highest in the state. The community also has the unfortunate notoriety of having the highest per capita crime rate in the state, surpassing Chicago. These factors together influence the lack of resources parents have for their families. Youth's experiences, resources and choices help decide whether they will develop into productive adults or whether they will become dependent on public assistance, incarcerated, homeless, or otherwise unable to provide for themselves and their families.

The YMCA has identified specific needs in our community, in-part by virtue of being the largest provider of afterschool programs, and our strong partner relationship with business, education, government and non for profit organizations. The AmeriCorps program will be used to improve the well-being of youth and ultimately foster their ability to become self-sufficient adults. The AmeriCorps program will encourage more volunteerism in the area, enhance the teen and out of school programs, develop additional Teen programs and strengthen the non-profit relationships in the region.

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