SOUTHFIELD–Oakland County will invest $4.8 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds in programs to help children and youth catch up with educational shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials from the county, Lawrence Technological University, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Pontiac’s Parks and Recreation and the YMCA announced the program in a news conference Thursday on LTU’s Southfield campus.
Oakland County partnered with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan in the oversight and administration of the grants, Oakland County Administrator David Coulter said. “We’re not grant makers by trade, so they helped us determine through a structured grant review process which applicants would have the biggest impact on youth.”
Both Coulter and United Way Chief People, Equity, and Engagement Officer, Tonya Adair, said that educational levels had been hurt by the pandemic. The grants, to LTU and 29 other educational organizations, are intended to help students get back on track.
“United Way is committed to doing everything we can to make sure every child has the tools and resources they need to be successful, both inside and outside the classroom,” Adair said.
LTU’s part of the grant, announced May 4, was full scholarships for 100 high school students from 10 Oakland County communities–Hazel Park, Holly Township, Keego Harbor, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pontiac, Southfield, Wixom, Royal Oak Township and Walled Lake–to the university’s summer science and technology camps, a value of up to $950 per student. Students from those communities should use the code “Oakland” at checkout to get the grant. The application deadline is June 10. For the full list of options, visit https://www.ltu.edu/summer-camps/.
“We very much look forward to greeting 100 new students to our summer camps this year, experiencing college life, making new friends, getting eminent training in STEM and all the subjects we offer, and most importantly, learning about the technologies that will drive the future of work,” LTU President Tarek Sobh said at the news conference.
The overall program, called Out of School Time Grants, will serve more than 11,000 Oakland County youth. It will fund activities such as tutoring, college readiness, support for neurodiversity students, youth sports, and specialty academic program in areas such as coding, music, reading, and mathematics.
The full list of grant recipients is:
Community Level Grant ($250,001-$400,000)
- City of Pontiac
- YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
- Oakland University Center for Autism
- Detroit Zoological Society
Program Expansion Grant ($100,001-$250,000)
- Hazel Park Schools
- Franklin Wright Settlements
- Cranbrook Educational Community
- Center for Success Network
- Lawrence Technological University
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit
- West Bloomfield School District
- Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit
- Ferndale Schools
Operational Support Grant ($30,000-$100,000)
- Ennis Center
- Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan
- Midnight Golf Program
- Boys & Girls Club of Troy
- Academy of the Sacred Heart
- On My Own Michigan
- Accent Pontiac
- D.R.I.V.E. One
- The Color of Autism Foundation
Restarting Program Grant ($30,000-$100,000)
- Connecting Through the Arts & Education DBA Scuola Creativa
- Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program
- Friendship Circle
- Read to a Child Inc.
- Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan
- E-Community Outreach Services
- Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan
- Holly Area Schools
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.