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The Learning Never Stops at Grace Place!

2022-06-23T14:49:58+00:00June 23rd, 2022|After-School Elementary, General News, School Age Programs|

It is no secret that kids have suffered alarming drops in reading skills during the pandemic. Experts say that the limitations of remote learning have exacerbated existing literacy teaching issues. According to the New York Post, “overall K-2 Fall 2021 scores indicate the highest percentage of students scoring below benchmark at grade-level entry ever observed [...]

From Middle School Students to Leaders of the Future!

2022-06-07T15:00:03+00:00June 7th, 2022|After-School Middle School, General News, Uncategorized|

For the last four weeks, our 7th and 8th graders in our Academy of Leaders program have participated in the Crowning Daughters for Success leadership course. The students covered topics on building a strong character for effective leaders, making good choices, staying in a positive mindset in negative situations, and developing practical skills to be [...]

A Good Start to the Year

2022-06-07T14:55:51+00:00June 7th, 2022|After-School High School, General News, Uncategorized|

Seven students from the LEAD (Leaders Empowered to Achieve Dreams)high school college and career readiness program were recently recognized for their successful completion of The Vault, a financial literacy program offered in partnership with Youth 4 Orphans. The students had the highest scores in the financial literacy course in addition to having perfect attendance.  They learned about [...]

Opening Doors for Better Opportunities!

2022-06-07T14:49:01+00:00June 7th, 2022|Adult Education, Careers, General News|

Diego Guillen Hernandez, age 38, came to the United States from Venezuela nearly three years ago with his wife, Marilyn, and two daughters, Maria, and Camila. In Venezuela, Diego was a college-educated computer engineer focusing on IT, where he worked for a big Brazilian company. Later he created his own small business, which he ran. [...]

The difference a bike can make!?

2022-06-07T14:20:24+00:00June 7th, 2022|After-School High School, General News, Uncategorized|

For the days she does not have the Grace Place LEAD program after school, it’s a 37-minute walk from Golden Gate High School to Jovania’s house in Golden Gate city. When Jovania participates in weekend LEAD (Leaders Empowered to Achieve Dreams) high school program activities at Grace Place or volunteers in the food pantry, it’s [...]

They’re going to college!?

2022-06-07T14:12:27+00:00June 7th, 2022|General News, Uncategorized|

This spring, Grace Place alumna, Rebecca Paul, will celebrate an early graduation from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) – with honors. She will be “debt-free,” thanks to the incredible gift of a full-tuition scholarship she received three years ago. No easy feat for any young adult these days, as the average student loan debt for recent [...]

A Thanksgiving Miracle!

2022-06-07T12:15:43+00:00November 23rd, 2021|Bright Beginnings, General News, Uncategorized|

The holidays are well on their way and this year’s holidays might look a little different for some of our families due to the increase of prices in grocery stores. As many of you know, supply chain issues have resulted in some empty grocery store shelves. Along with that, food pantries across the nation are [...]

Grace Place Students Give Back

2022-06-07T12:12:44+00:00October 26th, 2021|Bright Beginnings, General News, Uncategorized|

Grace Place like many other non-profit organizations has felt the effects of the pandemic in many different ways. One of them being a shortage of volunteers. While giving back through service has always been a common practice among our students,  we have seen even more parents and alumni from Grace Place programs step up to [...]

Celebrating Women’s Small Business Month

2022-06-07T12:13:34+00:00October 8th, 2021|Adult Education, AP Leadership, Bright Beginnings, COVID-19, Family Literacy, General News, Uncategorized|

Investing in your future is no easy task; sometimes, bills or other expenses can prevent you from achieving your goals. The hard decision to use the money for bills versus things that would help advance your career can be a very daunting task. Thankfully, MicroGrant has provided low-income individuals with an opportunity to apply for a grant [...]

Small groups making big impact, Cornerstone Church

2021-08-07T20:13:24+00:00August 7th, 2021|Change Makers, COVID-19, Friday Food Pantry, General News, Uncategorized|

On the third Thursday of every month, you will find a group of individuals at Cornerstone United Methodist Church bagging rice and beans. What started as a small way to help during the pandemic now impacts lives from start to finish. Routines were completely flipped upside down over a year ago as we all faced [...]