Alex Kirk Foundation Announces Scholarships For YMCA Teen Center Youth
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
The Alex Kirk Foundation has established a unique scholarship opportunity for members of the Española and Los Alamos Teen Centers, both operated by The Family YMCA through contracts.
The scholarships will reward one member from each teen center up to $1,000 for active participation in programs, services and initiatives offered at each Teen Center. Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos High School Hilltopper and University of New Mexico Lobo, is playing professional basketball for the Tokyo Alvark Tokyo.
“We are looking for teens that have been actively engaged in the unique programs each Teen Center offers. And also for perhaps going above and beyond, like taking a leadership role or being a great peer mentor,” Kirk said. “I’ve visited both Centers, and I’m so impressed by the kids and the Y staff, I’d like to help support them in their goals after high school.”
Applications are available at each Teen Center. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2018. More information on the Alex Kirk Foundation is available at alexkirkfoundation.com. More information on The Family YMCA is available at laymca.org.
About The Family YMCA
The Y was founded in Los Alamos by volunteers in 1955 who recognized a need for family recreational programs in the isolated community. Its mission is to focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and to ensure access to all with financial assistance. In 2017, the Y served 8,000 individuals, of which 3,700 were youth and teens. Through fundraising, support from donors and with assistance from the United Way of Northern New Mexico in Los Alamos, it supported 300 people with financial assistance totaling $126,000. See laymca.org for more information.
About the Española YMCA Teen Center
The EYTC was founded in 2007 as a partnership between the City of Española and The Family YMCA, a 501c3 nonprofit, for the purpose of supporting community middle and high school youth. It is partly funded by the City, the United Way of Northern New Mexico-Los Alamos and several private donors. In 2017, the EYTC served 860 youth with tutoring and enriching recreation and educational life-skills programs. It is open year-round and free to area youth. For more information, call 505.747.6569.
About the Los Alamos Teen Center
In 2010, The Family YMCA was awarded a contract by Los Alamos County to operate a teen center for the purpose of supporting local high school aged youth. It is open year-round and free to teens home-schooled or Los Alamos high school youth. In 2017, the LATA served 1700 youth with supportive, enriching recreation and educational life-skills programs. For more information, call 505.695.7415.