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Youth may participate in new sculptural welding arts program at the Española YMCA Teen Center thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Presbytery of Santa Fe.
Sculptural welding had been a favorite of the teens, according to Center Director Ben Sandoval, but the volunteer who lent his equipment found it too difficult to haul it to the Center.
The program had been defunct for the past 18 months, but this grant will enable the purchase of a welder, safety equipment and supplies, Sandoval said.
The grant was made by the Presbytery of Santa Fe on a motion of the Mission in the North Committee and comes on behalf of the whole Presbyterian Church in the United States.
Regional Presbyter Clerk Sally Watson said these grants are very limited in number and are awarded to proposals which show the greatest possibility of success. “We certainly have every hope this will help your organization in its important ministry,” she said.
The funds will also be used to support other cultural arts programs offered at the Center, including the diorama scale-model building and the woodworking class
The Española YMCA Teen Center opened in 2007 and is administered by The Family YMCA under an operating contract with the City of Española.
In 2012, the Center served 714 youth. Key evidence of the Teen Center being able to affect key health indicators specifically related to education follows. Since opening in 2007 to 2012, the Y has tracked these results, with youth unique to each level, or unduplicated:
• Assisted 29 youth reach their reading-grade level;
• Assisted 31 youth to achieve their math-grade level;
• Assisted 17 youth obtain their GED; and
• Assisted 32 youth to re-engage in school that had dropped out and/or assisted to graduate;
• This totals 109 instances since 2007 that we have assisted teens to reach educational goals.