LUK to Expand Mentoring Program through Grant Funding
FITCHBURG — LUK, Inc. recently received funding through various grants to expand their Mentoring program. The agency has been awarded $93,000 in grants through Mass Mentoring Partnership, the Amelia Peabody Foundation, Bemis Foundation, and the United Way of South Central Massachusetts.
LUK Mentoring creates matches between mentors and mentees in the community, where caring adult volunteers engage in activities with vulnerable youth on a regular basis, supporting (and challenging) them to set and achieve their goals and reach their potential. The LUK Mentoring Mission is “to strengthen our community through high quality, life-enriching, professionally supported one-to-one relationships between volunteer mentors and children in need.”
These funds will support a combination of site-based and community-based matches. Funds are also allocated for staff support, program supplies, and travel to meet with referral sources, mentor candidates, mentees and families.
The funding from United Way of South Central Massachusetts will be focused on youth in Webster Middle School. “We have developed a strong mentoring connection and relationships for youth within Webster Middle School. We are well on our way to our target for this initiative,” says Shawn Fleurie, LUK Assistant Director of Community Engagement Support Services.
LUK is beyond grateful for the support of their Mentoring program by Mass Mentoring Partnership, the Amelia Peabody Foundation, Bemis Foundation, and the United Way of South Central Massachusetts. LUK, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, health, and well-being of youth, families, and adults in Central Massachusetts. As a community-based organization, LUK’s mission is to challenge and inspire youth, adults, and families to realize their unique potential through community-based prevention, intervention, education, and support services