Robinson Learning Center receives HUD grant

by Julie Hail Flory

The Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) has received a $398,087 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through its Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) program.p. With the COPC award, the Robinson Center will establish several projects, including a youth mentoring initiative to provide violence prevention training, educational tutoring and recreational opportunities for young people; an adult education, job training and placement program for at-risk young adults and unemployed or underemployed adults; and a lead education and hazard control program targeting area housing and children.p. “It is very rewarding that our partnerships in the Northeast Neighborhood, at Notre Dame, and throughout the city are being recognized in this way ? with additional resources to promote learning and collaboration to improve the quality of life for all Robinson Center participants,” said Jay Caponigro, RCLC director. “We are most grateful to our partners and our congressional delegation, particularly Congressman Chris Chocola and Senators Evan Bayh and Richard Lugar, for their support, and look forward to forging ahead on the goals of this project.”p. Created in 2001, the RCLC is a community-driven education center sponsored by the University of Notre Dame. The center provides residents of South Bend’s Northeast Neighborhood with such services as youth tutoring, computer training, GED classes, and music and exercise instruction. It also sponsors Take Ten, a school-based violence prevention initiative, and features a Computer Teaching and Learning Center, which is equipped with 20 computers, providing instruction and Internet and e-mail access.p. Through its COPC program, HUD is awarding $6.87 million in grants to 20 colleges and universities nationwide to revitalize nearby neighborhoods. The funding is designed to help educational institutions provide technical assistance, training and applied research to community-based groups and local governments. Activities are selected and designed jointly by the schools and neighborhood groups.

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