JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - City Youth Ministries is providing the children they serve even more learning and extra-curricular opportunities this year.
Executive Director Denise Snider said the organization will continue working with dyslexic students this year.
A third connections group and teacher are being added to help children.
The Westside Middle School assistant principal has also been helping CYM identify children who struggle with math fluency.
Snider says this will add another piece to CYM's academic programming.
The organization will also have a new nutrition program this fall.
The non-profit also recently got a grant through the St. Louis Cardinals organization, which provided them with some new playground equipment.
Snider said she's thrilled the children can enjoy the new addition.
"It's been a goal of mine to create a fun and safe play area for the children to kind of get a chance to rest and kind of just chill out a little bit right after school before we jump into our programming," she said.
Snider many of the new additions are possible thanks to volunteers and grants, but the non-profit still needs community support for operational expenses.
"Even though we have these wonderful programs and all of these wonderful opportunities through grant funding, we always can use help with operational expenses," she said. "For $365, a community member or a business can sponsor a child for one year."
Snider said every donation helps whether it's monetary or something like food or paper products.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can go to the non-profit's Facebook page and click the donate button.
Snider also said they accept donations in person at CYM.
"I like it when people come by and they see what's going on because people are always so pleasantly surprised," she said.
You can also mail a donation to P.O. Box 627, Jonesboro, AR 72403.
She said currently the after-school program is full for the fall, but she still encourages parents to contact CYM if they want their child enrolled.
"Come up and fill out an application Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.," she said. "We have a lot of children that their parents have every intention of sending them and maybe they don't show up."
She said the organization is constantly re-visiting their attendance roster to make sure they reach as many children as possible.