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Community Foundation funding to benefit S.E. Alta. youth

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Youths who use the Brooks Public Library will be able to enjoy some new programming especially for them this summer thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Alberta (CFSEA).

Foundation officials geared their Vital Impact Grants this year, handed out at the end of May, towards youths.
“We are happy to see that the CFSEA and the community reflect the need we have been working to fill the gap on — safe, fun and focused space and activities for the youth of our community,” says Sarah McCormack, head librarian at Brooks Public Library.
The library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) received the $1,500 Vital Impact Grant and it has been matched by Criterion Catalyst for total funding of $3,000.
Library officials have been busy creating a teen space in the library thanks to funds from a previous CFSEA grant and have provided free library cards to teens and children.
“The Vital Impact Grant will now allow us to provide some fantastic youth programming,” says McCormack. “Keep an eye out for our new summer reading program for teens and many other programs we hope to unveil this year.”
TAB is active in the Brooks library, helping staff choose furnishings to be placed in the teen area and give advisement on program ideas, books, movies, magazines, and music.
There is still space for more Brooks teens to become involved and they can speak with Jill Clarke, teen co-ordinator, to sign up.
McCormack is thankful for the funding from CFSEA, which she calls absolutely necessary for the library.
“We have a great many ideas and plans, but they are all dependent upon grant funding and corporate and private donations,” she says. “Our municipality and Province allows us to keep our doors open and work hard for our community for which we are always grateful and appreciate, but these extra sources of funding allow us to do the exciting and important projects that we believe takes our service to a higher level. They allow us to be more nimble and responsive to our community and we continue to improve with them.”
Other groups also receiving Vital Impact Grants were the Medicine Hat Public Library ($1,500 also matched by Criterion) for the Tic Tac Teen program and McMan’s youth/food security program which received $6,000.
CFSEA launched the Vital Impact Grant program in 2012, funded by the Smart and Caring Endowment Fund. It was started to help provide funding for programs which meet needs arising from the findings of Vital Signs. Recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Community Leadership Committee.
“The Foundation is very proud of the direction that the leadership committee took with this round of Vital Impact Grants,” said Mike Christie, CFSEA executive director in a news release. “We are very excited to see what needs arise from the 2013 Vital Signs publication, giving us more ways to help our community grow.”

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