Aaron Judge, New York Yankee and former Fresno State Bulldog, and founder of the Aaron Judge ALL RISE Foundation (AJARF) is proud to announce the Fall 2021 Mini-Grant recipients, each receiving $2,500. These three organizations connect with the AJARF’s mission to inspire children and youth to become responsible citizens and reach unlimited possibilities.
Greater Yosemite Council, BSA, San Joaquin County, California has a mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. This grant will support their STEM Nova program, designed to encourage natural curiosity and sense of wonder by giving Scouts opportunities to participate in activities, such as robotics and aviation. The hands-on learning with real-world applications encourages development in a variety of areas, including 21st-century skills and STEM. These skills, such as media literacy, communication, problem-solving, and collaboration, ensure youth will thrive in a world that is constantly evolving.
Fresno Police Chaplaincy, Fresno County, California partners with law enforcement to bring hope to the community through education, mentorship, and counseling services. This grant will support Project STEALTH, which was created to positively impact both youth and families by providing leadership development opportunities through 18-week classes geared to help teens develop positive self-awareness. Boys and girls will be paired with adult mentors who help them discover ways to handle anger, develop leadership skills, increase their self-awareness, and resolve conflicts. Lastly, Project STEALTH also takes its students on field trips to expose them to different environments, in hopes of enriching their lives.
Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services, Bronx County, New York has maintained an unwavering commitment for the past 200 years to foster a society where every child and family will have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. They work with the most challenged communities to offer a range of services, such as educational opportunities for economically, disadvantaged children, shelter and casework services for homeless youth, and stigma-free mental health services in community-based settings. This grant will support ongoing mentoring and community service projects for at-risk youth of the NYCHA Patterson Houses, in hopes of inspiring youth to become responsible citizens.
“Although the Mini-Grant recipients have diverse programs, they all have one thing in common with AJARF, which is the commitment to empower our youth by giving them the skills necessary to reach their unlimited possibilities. I am proud to partner with these organizations in their important work of building responsible citizens,” said AJARF founder, Aaron Judge.
The 2021 Mini-Grant Award Program is possible due to the generous support of Glu Mobile. All funds donated for the Aaron Judge ALL RISE Foundation Mini-Grant Program go directly to children and youth programs in San Joaquin County, California; Fresno County, California; and Bronx County, New York, that support ongoing citizenship and education development.