BankRI awards grants to nonprofit organizations

BankRI awards grants to nonprofit organizations

PROVIDENCE – Two Blackstone Valley nonprofits whose work focuses on providing local, under-served youth with access to the performing arts and developing the skills that help them succeed in the classroom and in life have been awarded charitable grants by Bank Rhode Island: The Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket and The Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket.

The Empowerment Factory has been awarded $1,500 in support of advancing its Social Emotional Learning curriculum, which the organization brings into area schools and after-school programs. The grant will help fund its Creative Squad Social Emotional Learning and Literacy Program curriculum through purchasing books, materials, and specialized workbooks. The program serves elementary-age youth, the majority of who live in low-income households, at several schools, including Baldwin and Fallon Eelementary schools. The program focuses on developing creativity, self-esteem, and civic pride through hands-on activities and teaching vital soft skills.

The Stadium Theatre received $3,000 to fund its Imagination Series and offer access to shows for youth who otherwise may never experience the joys of a live performance. One of its flagship community programs, Imagination Series provides live, daytime performances for youth who attend Woonsocket’s Title 1 schools, offering an opportunity to develop an appreciation for the arts. The series features 10 shows for the 2019-2020 season and is geared toward students in kindergarten through grade 12. BankRI’s support will provide admission scholarships for 300 local kids.