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Tree Street Youth receives $400k grant

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Members of Tree Street Youth stand before the agency’s building at 144 Howe Street. Plans are underway to expand the building to accommodate the growing number of students attending its after school programs.

The Next Generation Foundation of Maine has awarded a $400,000 grant to Tree Street Youth to support the planned remodeling and expansion of its building at 144 Howe Street in Lewiston. Tree Street Youth purchased the building in August of 2014 with support and financing from the Genesis Community Loan Fund. The expansion project has been supported by Harriman Associates, who is working closely with the agency on preliminary design work.

The goals for the renovation-expansion are to create additional and new classroom spaces for homework help, tutoring and enrichment activities, such as dance, art, music, college prep and youth leadership development, while also improving its outdoor play spaces.

Tree Street Youth serves an average of 120 to 150 youth in grades K through 12 each day through its after school academic and enrichment programs. Attendance numbers are demonstrating an average increase of 25 youth per day so far this school year.

“This grant from the Next Generation Foundation is an incredible endorsement of our work and plans to expand our building to support the growing numbers of youth attending the center,” said Tree Street Youth Executive Director Julia Sleeper. “It is a game-changer for our organization and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

“While most of Maine has a growing senior population, a few areas, such as Lewiston-Auburn, enjoy a growing youth population,” noted the Next Generation Foundation in announcing the grant. “We are proud to invest in the young people served by Tree Street Youth, who are, after all, Maine’s future.”

For more information on Tree Street Youth, call 577-6386 or see www.treestreetyouth.org.

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