ATGLEN (April 9, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that he has secured $50,000 in state funding for the Parkesburg POINT youth center.
The funding will assist the POINT in transporting young people to and from various activities.
Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, made the announcement at the POINT’s annual fundraiser at the Barn at Stoneybrooke. He highlighted the importance of youth and after-school programs in providing safe, stable, healthy, and productive environments for young people to grow and develop their skills and talents.
“The POINT is a special place that has shaped the lives of so many young people in the Parkesburg region for the better,” Dinniman said. “And that is because of a group of special people – volunteers, patrons, donors, and staff – that make its programs possible. It’s been a privilege to support the POINT and help it grow and succeed to new heights by serving the needs of more and more young people, students, and their families.”
The POINT was formed as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2003. It began as a grassroots, collaborative effort of churches, community leaders, businesses, police, educational leaders, and the judicial system to address the needs of the most at-risk students in Western Chester County. Within ten years, The POINT outgrew its 7,600 square foot facility and moved into a 33,000 square foot converted grocery store complex.
Today, the POINT offers innovative, faith-based, after-school, weekend and summer programs, including academic tutoring, enrichment and remediation, career and job skills training, technological skills development, sports teams and athletics coaching, art and music classes, health, nutrition and wellness counseling, cooking and more.
In addition, the POINT partners with 25 churches and has more than 300 volunteers. Every evening a different church provides a meal for the students, a message from the Bible, and spends time engaging the youth in various games and activities.
The POINT does not charge for its programs and relies on the philanthropy of the community for support.
For more information on the POINT, visit www.parkesburgpoint.com.