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Grant Received For Nashville Promise Neighborhood

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Martha O'Bryan Center announced a half million dollar federal grant Wednesday that will help thousands of children here in Nashville.

The Martha O'Bryan Center received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help build the Nashville Promise Neighborhood. It's a program to help 6,000 at-risk children by improving the health and safety in their neighborhoods.

The new Promise Neighborhood will bring together government agencies, Metro Schools and other community organizations to provide continuous support services from the time a child is born until they go to college or start their career.

It will also help expand access to learning technology in troubled areas.

The Martha O'Bryan Center already provides services to low income families in the high poverty neighborhood of the Casey community in Nashville, aiming to give them same opportunity at success as their middle class peers. Many kids call it their home away from home.

A $500,000 federal Promise Neighborhood grant will turn the challenges of the neighborhood into an opportunity. The Martha O'Bryan Center joins less than three dozen organizations nationwide that will now provide services from throughout a child's life starting at birth.

"The goal is for us to literally end the cycle of poverty for thousands of children in our city by giving them a pathway to success," said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

Through partnerships with Metro Schools and other community organizations, the money will be used to assess the most pressing needs of the neighborhoods in the Stratford High School cluster.

Some existing programs will be expanded while new ones will be created.

"Young people need opportunities to learn year round," explained Martha O'Bryan Executive Director Whitney Weeks

The goal is to eliminate any barriers for students to achieve his dreams. The Martha O'Bryan Center will develop programs that support both Metro schools and the Mayors initiatives.

The Martha O'Bryan Center was one of twenty recipients of the grant. More than 200 organizations across the country applied. 

To learn more about Promise Neighborhoods visit the Martha O'Bryan Website.

email: acline-thomas@newschannel5.com

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