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Support Request for Open Doors Scholarship Program

Dear Rochester City Council Member,


We are asking for your support of the Rochester Family Y's Community Block Grant request this week.  

We are asking for support to help sustain our Open Doors Scholarship Program in hopes of providing swimming lessons for our community's low income often high risk youth at a critical age in their development. Some of these children come to the Y through outside partners of the Y such as Girl Scouts, CCRR and Somali Resettlement Project.  We would hope all children would have the opportunity to learn to swim not only for life skills and safety purposes, but also for self confidence and community strength. This summer we were unable to fulfill the growing number of requests due to lack of funding.


We would also like to clarify that "Camp Olson YMCA" is a separate Y agency and support for their requests and programs do not impact our local Family YMCA.