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YSS Kids Club receives $10,000 grant from Bayer Fund

YSS Kids Club received a grant for $10,000 from Bayer Fund that will be used to help fund the meals program for youth participants. 

YSS Kids Club provides before-and after-school and summer programs for K-6 students. With locations in Story, Boone, and Hamilton Counties, the program offers a nurturing, positive environment for children beyond the classroom. 

“I was extremely thrilled to receive the Bayer Fund grant! Being a non-profit, we rely on grants to help us fund our programs—and especially our meals,” said Jennifer Schmit, manager of YSS Kids Club. “We couldn’t be more grateful to have such a supportive community.” 

The YSS Kids Club offers morning and afternoon snacks for the youth participants. The program also provides healthy back-up lunches for the children who need it. The Bayer Fund grant will not only provide support to YSS, but also the community we serve by allowing us to allocate the gifted funds to children within our programs. 

“We do so much more than just watch children; we shape lives,” Schmidt said. “We aim to be that positive role model in the youths’ lives. We also seek out resources if a family is struggling and needing some extra support.” 

In 2020, Bayer Fund awarded more than $17 million to over 3,400 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education, and community development. YSS Kids Club is proud to be one of the nonprofit organizations positively impacted by the Bayer Fund. 

“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States,” said Al Mitchell, president of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease.” 

Fees for children to attend YSS Kids Club are on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income. In addition to providing snacks, the program offers academic enrichment, outdoor playtime, and centers with arts and crafts, dramatic play, and games. 

“Kids Club has impacted me in such a great way. It is a way for me to be able to give back to the communities we serve and help our families and children,” Schmit said. 

To learn more about YSS Kids Club, visit www.yss.org/program/kids-club 

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