Local Brooklyn Organization Celebrates Third Year Expansion of Youth Scholarship Program


Date: August 21st, 2017

Contact: Rebeca Checo, Communications & PR Assistant

Email: pr@atlanticave.org


Brooklyn, New York- August 21, 2017- The  Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is pleased to announce the completion of its Youth Community Scholarship Program’s  third year in providing  local youth opportunities to attend enrichment programs throughout the year.  The AALDC granted scholarships to 66 local children to attend programs located in five Brooklyn neighborhoods- Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. Through the mix of arts and educational programs, families who were low-income eligible or lacked financial resources were able to apply.

An addition of three program partners for the 2017 scholarship cycle allowed parents of children ages four to 18 years old to chose an assortment of local enriching programs for the summer, fall and winter season. This year’s AALDC program partners are Brooklyn Ballet, Mathnasium of Brooklyn Heights, Mark Morris Dance Center, World Martial Arts Center, Read 718, Dodge YMCA, Brooklyn Boulders, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Brooklyn Music Factory, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Creative Arts Studio, Gotham Archery and Rent Ride Return. The children will be able to attend hands-on enriching programs such as dancing, archery and rock-climbing within their local community.

With the increase of programs aimed for adolescents, the local awarded children will be able to experience new adventures, learn and master new skills, while sharing and trading interests with their fellow peers along the way. New programs partner Gotham Archery allows children to channel their inner Hunger Games character while learning the craft of a bow and arrow.  Darlene C. Samuels, Co-Vice President of the AALDC & Chair of the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Committee expresses how significant the Youth Community Scholarship Program is within the community, “The youth program is very important to me.  It gives inner city children a chance to experience adventures they may never imagine. They get a chance to participate in archery, ballet, rock climbing and even ski.  This program gives then the opportunity to dream higher.  For that I am extremely grateful to our program partners for giving them the opportunity to dream higher, and for the AALDC to impact and change lives”.

The AALDC is committed to providing funding for children within Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15 the opportunity to attend enrichment programs within the community.  Priority funding is provided to low-income families.  The Youth Community Scholarship Program aims to provide local youth a chance to experience opportunities to explore, grow, create and learn.

Come by and watch some of the 2017 AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program partners perform live at the Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage at the 43rd Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival on Sunday, September 24th, 2017 from 12pm-6pm on Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to Hicks Street- rain or shine.

For more information on how you can donate to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and application information for the 2018 scholarship cycle, please visit gofundme.com/aaldcscholarships, contact scholarships@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993.

Help us shape the minds and hearts of our local youth!




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