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New Ulm Area Foundation donates to HCHY

Accepting the donations for HCHY are SPOTS students Graham Wilkins, Tanner Dorschner, and Emma Neet, along with HCHY Director Sheldon Rieke. Presenting the donations are George Glotzbach, long-time supporter of NUAF with specific interest in youth development, and NUAF Board members Rick Jensen – president, Pat Herzog – vice president, and Tom Hayes – board member.

The New Ulm Area Foundation, Inc. (NUAF) recently presented two checks totaling $3,500 to the Healthy Community Healthy Youth (HCHY) organization. The monies will be used specifically for the SPOTS program (Students Performing On Tough Situations), which utilizes the talents of a group of local high schoolers to teach their follow students to make better choices and be more thoughtful in life. This is done by creating and performing scenes on subjects that youth need and want to talk about. These scenes range from “bus safety” for kindergartners to “dating abuse” for high school students. This helps fulfill HCHY’s mission statement: ’empowering the Potential and Promise of Youth’ by providing safe, substance free opportunities for our youth by focusing on core values: instilling confidence in our youth by respecting their concerns and viewpoints while also supporting their efforts to be role models in their schools and communities.

By talking about the issues HCHY allows students to hear from other students about what is thoughtful behavior, that they are not alone in dealing with these tough problems, and that there is help available. Adults watching get an education in what our youth are dealing with and what issues they have to overcome. See https://www.facebook.com/hchynua/ for more details.

The donations were part of NUAF’s spring 2020 grants, and were enhanced through the generous contribution of George Glotzbach, a long-time supporter of NUAF who has a special interest in development of local youth.

The New Ulm Area Foundation manages a set of endowment funds for the betterment of the communities within the geographic boundaries of ISD-88. Established in 1987 with a donation from Henry Somsen, prominent New Ulm businessman, the Foundation uses earnings from the endowments to support non-profit projects and programs focusing on four pillars of the arts, education, economic development, and historic preservation. Grant applications are accepted in late winter and mid summer.

See www.NewUlm-AreaFoundation.org for more details.

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