21st Century Learning Grant

YMCA Awarded with 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

Grant to provide after-school program for students in Wellsville School District.


The Wellsville Central School and the YMCA are pleased to announce that we have received a one (1) year extension for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. This grant year will run the 2016-17 School year. The grant provides a FREE after-school program for grades Kindergarten thru 8th grade that includes: Peer tutoring, homework help, physical activities, STEM and much more. With enrollment in the after-school program, the YMCA is offering a FREE student membership which can be upgraded to a Single-Parent Family or Family Membership (with a reduction in price).

[June 14, 2013] This week, State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced that 125 grants totaling approximately $78.1 million in annual funding have been awarded under the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program. The purpose of the grant is to create or expand community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and youth development opportunities for students who attend schools that serve a high percentage of low-income families.

"Our goal is to make sure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers," King said. ”The 21st Century grants provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutoring services for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools and their families are eligible for literacy and educational services. The grants are another tool to help build college and career readiness."

The YMCA was one of 125 award recipients who were selected from more than 450 proposals through an extensive peer review process, with priority given to programs that serve students in Priority or Focus schools. The grants can be made yearly for up to three years, for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016*, subject to availability of funds from the United States Department of Education and contingent on satisfactory annual performance of the grantee. The Y received a total of $355,767 per year for the above time period to provide afterschool programming in Wellsville, NY.

21st CCLC grant awards are focused on creating or expanding community learning centers that:

  • provide opportunities for academic enrichment (including tutoring services) to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet State and local student academic achievement standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics;
  • offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, wellness programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs; and
  • offer families of students opportunities for literacy and related educational development.

All programs must be implemented through a partnership that includes at least one school and at least one community organization with demonstrated records of success in designing and implementing before school, after school, summer learning, or expanded learning time activities. As a trusted community organization with a proven history of quality programming, the YMCA will be working with the Wellsville School District to deliver this grant program with certain key components administered by Literacy West.

All applicant programs are required to serve students who attend schools eligible for school-wide programs under Title I or schools with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for free or reduced priced lunch. During the 2010-11 school year, 47% of Wellsville district students were eligible for free or reduced priced lunch and 20% of Wellsville children (ages 5-17 live in households with incomes below the poverty level (2011 US Census estimates).

Since January of 2013, the Y has had a presence in Wellsville and more importantly, the Y has been in operation locally for over 125 years serving kids and families and providing before and after-school programming. This grant provides an opportunity to fill a much needed gap in the Wellsville community.

As a grant recipient, the YMCA will be offering after-school programs for 200 elementary and 60 middle school students in the Wellsville Central School District.

Prior to the submission of the grant, the YMCA and the Wellsville CSD established a preliminary 21st CCLC Advisory Council that included representatives from the Y, the school district, the Town of Wellsville and Literacy West. This group was charged with: identifying the academic enrichment and youth development needs of elementary/middle school students; isolating the educational/literacy requirements of families; and suggesting strategies that would best respond to the needs of students. After reviewing data related to the community, district and family situations, they developed a complete set of goals and objectives.

Jeff Alevy, YMCA CEO, stated "The Y is so appreciative to be able to support the needs of kids and families in Wellsville with our partners from the Wellsville School District and Literacy West. As a result of our collaboration with the school district and Town, which began in January of this year, this after-school program will help us build momentum in creating a comprehensive youth development programs for the Wellsville community."

Kim Mueller, Wellsville School District Superintendent, stated "The Wellsville School community is extremely excited and proud to be able to offer our students and families these many new opportunities for after-school programming. With the YMCA as a collaborative partner, we will be able to provide our students a multitude of academic enrichment and youth development activities. We look forward to a positive and productive relationship with the YMCA and Literacy West that will further assist our students in becoming college and career ready.”

Wellsville YMCA Director, Traci Johnson, said “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! It seemed like such a long shot when we applied for this grant and now it’s becoming a reality. I am so excited to be able to start an after-school program for the kids in our community and provide them with a safe place to go where they can learn valuable character traits and lasting memories.”

The 21st CCLC Program is authorized under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Title IV Part B. For more information on the NY 21st Century Community Learning Centers, visit: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/21stCCLC/

Frequently asked questions about the program:


What is the program?

The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program is federally funded through a grant that the YMCA was awarded to run an after-school program in the Wellsville Central Schools with help from Literacy West.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the grant is to create or expand community learning centers that provide academic enrichment and youth development opportunities for students in grades K-8 who attend schools that serve a high percentage of low-income families.

What is our goal?

Our goal is to make sure that all students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers.

Who can attend?

The program is designed and offered to students in grades K-8 in the Wellsville School District.

Where & When?

The program begins on Monday, February 3, 2014 and will be held after school each day at the Wellsville Elementary and Middle School until 6:00 PM. Busing can be provided for students who need transportation home.

How do I register?

Enrollment forms are available at the schools, on the school’s website, www.wellsvilleschools.org or HERE on this website.  Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited.

Is there a cost?

Funding is provided by the 21st Century Community Center Learning Grant and is therefore FREE to all who attend.

As a parent of a student, what can I expect from this program?

  • Opportunities for academic enrichment (including tutoring services), especially in reading and math
  • Youth Development Activities including:
    • Character Education Programs
    • Wellness Programs
    • Art & Music
    • Recreation Programs for physical activity
    • Technology Education Programs
    • Drug & Violence Prevention Programs
  • Opportunity for family literacy and educational development
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Licensed Facility with Qualified Staff


Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact Kristen Kotelsky, Wellsville School-Age Child Care Director at 716-378-5253 for more information.

21st Century Community learning CENTER locations:

Wellsville Elementary School
50-98 School Street

Wellsville, NY 14895
(P) 585-596-2104  (F) 585-596-2120

Wellsville Middle School
126 West State Street
Wellsville, NY 14895
(P) 585-596-2143  (F) 585-596-2142

Wellsville Central School District website: CLICK HERE


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