On December 1, Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa announced that an award of $3.5 million would used for school safety and violence prevention grants in Allegheny County.
“Community organizations are the lifeblood of our region, and they know best the needs we face,” said Senator Costa. “Today’s grants, though they come from the state, will go to organizations and projects that have their finger on the pulse of our community and know best how to face our challenges. I truly believe these awards will prevent acts of gun violence from again striking close to home.”
Said grants will come from the Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program, a program administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).
Six organizations will receive grant funding from this award, one of those six happens to be your very own Kingsley Association. We will be receiving a $700,000 grant to support the expansion of our Teen LEAD program. A program that many of you probably know of, but for those who do not; the Kingsley Association's Teen LEAD program is a "year-long learning experience for at-risk teens ages 13-19 in East End communities of Pittsburgh to help them to apply life skills learning, build a positive self-image, recognize personal leadership characteristics, and gain part-time employment."
If you would like to read more about the award supported by Senator Costa or find out which other organizations in Allegheny County have received a grant, follow the link below: