Nauset Youth Alliance (NYA) announced recently that the non-profit is the recipient of nearly $30,000 in funding from two different sources. According to a release issued by NYA, the after school program was awarded $19,937 in grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Quality Enhancements in After School and Out of School Time (ASOST-Q) grant is earmarked for academic, physical, social and emotional wellness improvements, according to NYA Director Christine Sieger.
In addition to the nearly $20,000 from the state, NYA has been awarded $9,021 by the Virginia Cook Trust. The fund are allocated through the trust by the Local Mission Committee of the Federated Church of Orleans. These monies will be used to continue the implementation of Calmer Choice training. Calmer Choice, according to Sieger, is "mindfulness training" thought to improve coping skills and academic achievement and reduce conflict during the school. It is also believed to help students outside of the classroom by increasing attention and decreasing anxiety. All 6th graders in the Nauset School District will take part in the training, according to Calmer Choice.
Thanks to the grant, Calmer Choice training will continue at Nauset Regional Middle School, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Stony Brook Elementary School and Orleans Elementary School through NYA.
This is the second year NYA will be receiving both grants.
NYA provides after school programs at Stony Brook Elementary School and Eddy Elementary School, both in Brewster. NYA also provides after school programs at Nauset Regional Middle School as well as summer youth programming.