A local program targeting children is getting a boost from a sizable grant.
The Foellinger Foundation wrote a check for half a million dollars to the "Great Kids Make Great Communities" program. The funding will help the creation of a new youth and family development academy. Through this academy, the program will train leaders to positively influence children in the community. It will also allow the program to expand its lecture series.
Allen County Judge and founder of the program Charles Pratt says the extra money not only benefits local children but the community as well.
"We know children that have adverse experiences over the course of their childhood their life expectancy can be reduced for as much as 20 years. This is something that is just dealt with kids in school but it really goes toward the whole community and the well-being of the community," Judge Pratt said.
Judge Pratt said if we understand the trauma and the experiences a child goes through, we can change their lives.
The Foellinger Foundation has donated more than $2.2 million to the work of the program to date.