Espanola Teen Center Receives Frost Foundation Grant

Teens enjoy nature on an Espanola YMCA Teen Center field trip. Courtesy/YMCA

YMCA News:

Espanola teens received a boost for pursuing positive opportunities as The Frost Foundation, Ltd., located in Santa Fe, awarded a grant of $10,000 in December to the Espanola YMCA Teen Center.

“We’re proud that The Frost Foundation recognizes the importance of investing in others, and that they consider our work in the Rio Grande Valley worthy of their support,” Family YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly said. “We served 700 kids there last year, mentoring anywhere from 41 to 80 on a daily basis.”

“The Y’s work is making a tremendous difference,” Center Director Ben Sandoval said. “On a daily basis, we see changes in the kids. Parents and the community have taken notice, too.”

Sandoval noted that in 2013, the Chamber of Commerce awarded the Center their President’s Award, which named the Y as the Nonprofit of the Year.

“The Frost grant will help this good work to continue,” Sandoval said.

The funds will be used to support tutoring, life-skill education programs, mentoring, prevention, cultural arts programs and operating costs. The Teen Center collaborates with more than 40 partners in Espanola in support of teens.