Cincinnati, Ohio, April 22, 2014 -- The Charles H. Dater Foundation awarded 16 grants totaling $209,000 in April, including a $10,000 first-time award to help MyCincinnati expand its free summer youth orchestra program in Price Hill.
Founded on the idea that personal transformation can be achieved by striving towards musical excellence, MYCincinnati offers children in Price Hill the opportunity to learn violin, viola or cello and play in an orchestra. MYCincinnati is inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela's revolutionary youth orchestra program that uses music as a vehicle for social change.
During the school year, students enrolled in MYCincinnati meet for 10 hours a week. The program consists of group and private lessons, sectionals, orchestra, musicianship, and frequent performance. MyCincinnati is a program of Price Hill Will.
Grants made in April:
Art Academy of Cincinnati, $10,000. The Community Education After-School Program incorporates art fundamentals with academic curriculum to provide free, enriching classes to nearly 4,000 at-risk elementary students.
Artworks, $10,000. The Hero Design Company is a new collaboration project with Cincinnati Children’s, Ronald McDonald House and others as children work with Artworks’ young artists to design and make superhero capes. A SuperHero Activity Book is also planned.
Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, $10,000. The Adopt-a-School program connects adult mentors with at-risk youth in a school setting. Many mentors are upperclass high school and college students.
Cincinnati Recreation Commission, $7,000. RiverTrek is a week-long program of self-discovery and team building for teens ages 12-17 that features a supervised five-day, four-night 65-mile canoe trip along the Little Miami River.
Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, $50,000. College scholarships for graduating seniors at Gilbert A. Dater High School in Western Hills. This continues annual support that began in 1996 with scholarships to graduating seniors who had attended Dater Junior High and shifted with support to Dater High School with its first graduating class in 2003. Scholarship awards over the years total $950,000.
Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation, $17,000. Programs for students at Gilbert A. Dater High School providing student support including incentives, workshops, tutoring and a book club.
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, $10,000. The In-School Dropout Prevention Program helps students overcome barriers to success, earn a high school diploma, and make a successful transition to career, college or military.
CISV Cincinnati, $10,000. Children’s International Summer Village, a four-week international camp attended by local boys and girls and delegations of 11-year-olds from foreign countries, promotes cross-cultural understanding through educational, cultural and sporting activities.
Down Syndrome Association, $15,000. Connections for Families and Physicians provides support and information to loved ones while offering the medical community tools they may require to assist patients. The program creates greater awareness and understanding of the unique contributions and capabilities of people with Down syndrome.
Education at Work, $10,000. College students are employed part-time in a telephone customer service position and have the opportunity to earn a bonus tuition credit of up to $6,000 a year.
Faces Without Places, $10,000. Yellow Bus Summer Camp is a free, seven-week academic and enrichment program for homeless children ages 5-12.
Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, $10,000. Providing the Tools for Career Success uses JA’s time-tested programs to show at-risk young people how their K-12 education can lead them toward greater career opportunities and earning potential.
Milestones Inc., $10,000. The Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program teaches basic horsemanship skills and grooming to nurture emotional health and improve cognitive, physical and psychological function for young people with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome and other similar diagnoses.
Ohio Valley Voices, $10,000. The Family Center Program is the first step for deaf children to have the opportunity to speak and includes infant-parent and toddler groups. The program features early intervention program provides intensive speech and language therapy, audiology services, parent education and support groups.
One Way Farm of Fairfield, $10,000. The Animal Education and Therapy Program uses the unconditional love of animals to provide comfort and support to abused and at-risk children.
Price Hill Will, $10,000. MYCincinnati uses music to promote social change and youth development in Price Hill through a free, daily orchestra program during the school year. The program will double its summer sessions and include up to 90 young people.
The Dater Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out programs that benefit children and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs. Information about the grantmaking process and guidelines and links to an online grant application website are available at www.DaterFoundation.org.
The private foundation was established by fourth-generation Cincinnatian, businessman and philanthropist Charles Dater (1912-1993) to ensure that his resources would continue to fund worthwhile community programs after his death. The foundation has made more than 2,300 grants totaling over $37 million since its inception in 1985.
For additional information regarding this news release, contact Roger Ruhl (513/598-1141).
The Charles H. Dater Foundation, Inc. is located at 602 Main Street, Suite 302, Cincinnati, OH 45202.