Yurok Tribe Gets $ 30 Million Education Grant

The Yurok Tribe received a $ 30 million grant from Promise Neighborhoods of the United States Department of Education to create a five-year regional effort for a “School-Career Path Project” that will establish curricula and support services for students in Del Norte County.

“Yurok’s Department of Education is excited about what this grant means for our families, students and the community at large. In partnership with the True North Organizing Network, Del Norte Schools, First-5, Del Norte Child Care Council and other local entities, we will create sustainable supports, services and programs that will help our students succeed as they grow. ‘they are coming out of preschool. in college to a satisfying professional career, ”said Jim McQuillen, director of Yurok’s education department. “I look forward to providing the high quality learning opportunities our students need and deserve. “

DOE’s Promise Neighborhoods grant aims to improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in distressed communities and transform those communities.

The grant will be paid over the next five years in the amount of $ 5,999,644 per year.

The Klamath River Promise neighborhood seeks to bring together tribes, schools, Del Norte Unified School District and County Office of Education, community organizations, institutes of higher education, local government and parent groups and residents, who intend to improve education, health and developmental outcomes for children by building a continuum of solutions centered around major schools in Del Norte County and adjacent tribal lands.

North Coast Representative Jared Huffman applauded the grant award.

“It’s inspiring to see people from across the region coming together to improve the lives of students to get this grant,” he said in a press release. “Del Norte County is one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in my district, but with this funding we can ensure that children are healthy, have the tools they need for a successful education. and can pursue a fulfilling career to support themselves, their communities and tribes.

Read the full press release below.

Huffman announces multi-million dollar education grant for the Yurok tribe

Huffman, Del Norte community members joined forces to advocate for funds

Washington, DC – Today Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) applauded a nearly $ 30 million federal grant to the Yurok Tribe through the United States Department of Justice’s Promise Neighborhoods grant program. Education (DOE) to build a five-year regional effort for a Cradle-School-Career Pathway Project in rural Del Norte County. Representative Huffman supported the tribe’s request for this grant in a letter earlier this year and released the statement below today.

“It’s inspiring to see people from across the region coming together to improve the lives of students to get this grant. Del Norte County is one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in my district, but with this funding, we can ensure that children are healthy, have the tools they need for a successful education, and can continue to have fulfilling careers to support themselves, their communities and their tribes ” , said Representative Huffman.

“Yurok’s Education Department is excited about what this grant means for our families, students and the community at large. In partnership with the True North Organizing Network, Del Norte Schools, First-5, Del Norte Child Care Council and other local entities, we will create sustainable supports, services and programs that will help our students succeed as they grow. ‘they are coming out of preschool. in university to a satisfying professional career. I look forward to establishing the high quality learning opportunities our students need and deserve, ”said Jim McQuillen, Director of Yurok’s Education Department.

Terry Supahan of True North, who helped bring community leaders together in the Unified Application at the Department of Education, said, “It was the injection of goodwill that was the most promising thing in the grant application. . “

DOE’s Promise Neighborhoods grant aims to dramatically improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most disadvantaged communities, and transform these communities. This grant will be in the amount of $ 5,999,644.00 for the first budget period (01/01/2022 to 12/31/2022). It is expected that the grant will be for a total duration of 5 years. You can click here to learn more about the program and click here to read Representative Huffman’s letter of support.

About the Klamath River Promise Quarter

The Klamath River Promise neighborhood brings together cross-sector partners including tribes, schools, the Del Norte Unified School District and County Education Office, community organizations, institutes of higher education, local governments and groups of parents and residents, who intend to improve educational, health and development outcomes for children by creating a continuum of solutions centered on major schools in Del Norte County and adjacent tribal lands .

The Yurok Tribe worked with a local community organizing project, True North Organizing Network, to bring together several cross-sector partners to plan the Klamath River Promise Continuum of Solutions. Partners undertook a broad community mapping effort to map current services and supports, analyze gaps and unmet needs, and design a continuum from cradle to college and career so that children do not need to be. no choice but to succeed, surrounded by family and parental supports.

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