The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation selected nine Washington, D.C.-area nonprofits as the recipients of its 2014 Good Neighbor Grants. This program from the Landsdowne, Virginia, funder recognizes organizations in the D.C. area whose work aligns with the foundation's goals of supporting students from low- and moderate-income families to succeed in K-12 education, college access, and arts education.
The grants totaled more than $200,000 and ranged in size from $10,000 to $35,000. They will provide students with college preparation advice, enrichment activities, academic guidance, and writing opportunities. Emily Froimson, vice president of programs at Cooke, stated that the Good Neighbor Grants program "reminds us that we have many partners creating educational opportunities for young people in our own community.”
The winners of JKCF's 2014 Good Neighbor Grants are:
- 826DC, which received $20,000 toward its Young Author's Book Project. The program will provide a one-year writing and publishing opportunity for 50 students in D.C. public schools, culminating in a published collection of student work.
- Bowen McCauley Dance, which received a $15,000 grant to provide dance training to 30 students in a 2014-15 residency program at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, VA, as well as provide professional development to teachers to integrate the arts into their classroom curriculum.
- First Star Inc. in Washington. FSI's $25,000 grant will support 30 students in a four-week summer immersion program at George Washington University that includes college-level coursework, workshops, and other activities.
- Higher Achievement Program Inc. in Washington. HAP Inc. received $35,000 to support summer staff salaries and enrichment activities at the organization's six summer academies in Washington and Alexandria, VA. The academies serve students in grades 5-8. The academies offer advanced curriculum, field trips, high school transition and college preparation workshops, and visits to high schools and colleges.
- Montgomery College Foundation in Montgomery County, MD. The foundation was awarded $30,480 to support 50-75 low-income, high-achieving high school students with year-round interventions related to college access and preparation. The interventions will focus on study habits, time management, and college survival skills. The grant also will allow Montgomery College to provide students with up to $2,500 in scholarship funds to attend Montgomery College in 2014-15.
- The Phillips Collection in Washington, which received $30,000 to support museum's Art Links program, which serves 60 teachers and 900 students in DC public and charter schools. The program offers teacher training, museum visits, transportation, and Young Artist exhibitions.
- Washington Jesuit Academy in Washington. Jesuit's $15,000 grant will support summer staff and enrichment activities for the school's summer program, which serves 90 students in grades 5-8. The seven-week program provides rigorous academic instruction in core subjects and enrichment activities.
- Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, which received $25,000 to fund salaries for staff who work with 110 elementary and middle school students. The foundation provides instruction, homework tutoring, and professional tennis coaching.
- Young Playwrights' Theater in Washington. This organization's $10,000 grant will support an in-school playwriting program to bring artists in high-poverty classrooms to guide students in writing plays, scenes, monologues, and other dramatic works, which will then be performed by professional actors.