Brooklyn Scholarship Program Committed to Youth Enrichment Succeeds At Second Year Expansion


Date: August 10, 2016
Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant

Brooklyn Scholarship Program Committed to Youth Enrichment Succeeds At Second Year Expansion

Brooklyn, New York- August 10, 2016 —The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) Youth Community Scholarship Program has successfully completed its second year of providing local children a chance to explore their talents. This year the AALDC has granted scholarships to fifty local children to attend both summer and fall programs located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. Families who applied were either low-income eligible or showed lack of financial resources to afford local enrichment programs.

Evaluating success– With the increase of program partners from four in 2015 to ten this year, scholarship recipients were able to choose from a variety of program classes such as swimming, dancing, singing, rock-climbing, and much more. This year’s AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program partners are Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium, Mark Morris Dance Center, World Martial Arts Center, Read 718, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Music Factory, and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The children will gain artistic, scholastic, and physical skills through non-competitive programs throughout the summer.

Jahlil Murray, age 8 received his summer AALDC scholarship for the first time this year to attend Brooklyn Boulders– Climbing Community, a dedicated rock climbing facility and dynamic, creative program in the heart of the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, New York. Jahlil was able to experience a week of their Summer Adventures Program and challenge himself in learning the ropes of climbing and strength-training all while creating memories with the other children within his class. Jahlil enjoyed this unique climbing experience as he stated “I have never tried this before, but grew to like so much.”

For some children this will be their second time attending programs through the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program. Valedia Fleming, age 8 will be attending Summer Camp at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Within this camp, she will learn professional dance technique within a progressive and non-competitive environment where all classes are instructed with live music and nurturing instructors.

The AALDC is committed to providing funding for children within Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15 to attend local programs and activities that allow them to explore their creativity. With the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program expansion, the organization strives to award more qualified scholarship applicants a chance to experience local youth programs.

To see several of the 2016 AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program partners and its scholarship recipients perform live, visit the Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage at the 42nd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival on Sunday, September 25thfrom 12pm-6pm on Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and Hicks Streets–rain or shine

For more information on how you can donate to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and application information for the 2017 scholarship application cycle, please visit, or call (718) 875-8993.


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