SunTrust Foundation announces $275,000 Grant to expand Youth Development Programs

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The SunTrust Foundation has announced a $275,000 grant to the YMCA of East Tennessee to expand its youth development programs that focus on financial wellness, academics, leadership and well-being.
CEO of YMCA of East Tennessee, Jim Dickson said, “The Y is more than a place to work out; we’re a place of impact in our community. The support from the SunTrust Foundation will help expand much-needed initiatives around health and wellness to the community we serve and also open the door to teach basic financial wellness principles to YMCA youth and teens.”
SunTrust Bank Knoxville market president, Harry Gross said, “Partnering with the YMCA of East Tennessee is another way the SunTrust Foundation and SunTrust Bank are helping others achieve financial confidence. While this grant will support many youth development programs, its focus on teaching teens about saving money, budgeting and planning for the future will help bridge the gap from adolescence to adulthood.”
The Y offers a variety of youth-centered programs, including summer day camp, after-school activities and mentorship programs. Currently, the Y is offering reduced fees to more than 25% of its summer day camp participants, so kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Additionally, more than 6,000 teens have received mentorship and leadership skills through programs like Y Leaders Clubs, Teen Trekkers and Youth in Government.
About the Y 
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.