The North Tonawanda Youth Board
has begun an initiative to help children in families with limited financial resources be able to participate in recreation programs and activities in such a way that cost wouldn't be a burden or a factor in an individuals ability to participate.
The "Everyone Plays" Recreation Program Scholarship was approved at a recent Youth Board meeting, earmarking funds to aid low income families help pay for programs and activities administered by the NT Youth, Parks & Recreation Department.
Any family residing in North Tonawanda that qualifies and can provide proof of enrollment in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program or Free Lunch Program through the NT School District will be able to apply for the Scholarship Program. Providing a copy of your latest 1040 tax form would also suffice as acceptable documented proof of meeting the gross income guidelines for the program.
Applicants will be able to receive up to $50 credit per child ($150 per household) towards youth program & activity costs associated with the NT Youth, Parks & Recreation Department per calendar year.
"We know from experience and data that there are many families in our community that are living below the poverty threshold", said Youth Board member and NT Police Captain Karen Smith. "To be able to provide a means to lessen the financial burden of a young person's participation in a recreation program, or to eliminate the financial barrier that may prevent a youth from participating all together, is the motivation that spearheaded this movement", added Youth Board member Matt Kwiatkowski.
Scholarship amounts will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis and will be limited based on available funds. Full details on the program specifics and application process can be obtained by clicking on the Everyone Play's Recreation Program Scholarship link
To be a part of the solution, you can be a youth sponsor, and for $50 cover the cost of their registration for a sport, program or activity for the season! Click here to sponsor online.
Sponsorship check can also be made out to
NT Youth Board
500 Wheatfield Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120For the subject on the check please write "Youth Sponsor"
For more information on the NT Youth Board and their mission click hereSPONSOR A YOUTHPROGRAM INFO & APPLICATIONONLINE APPLICATION