The Dwane L. Wallace Youth Venture Grant Committee is a student-led committee that receives leadership training, reviews program grant applications and budgets, and allocates funding. Below is a list of community partners they are funding this year.
ICT Food Rescue: Food Rescue Photo Exhibit – $1,271
This grant will be used to create a traveling photo exhibit that staff and student ambassadors will display at community events in Wichita to develop new food donation partnerships to decrease food waste and increase food donations. They will also partner with Children First to increase the volume of food going to families with children.
Sedwick County Department of Corrections: POWER Program – $2,500
POWER stands for Providing Opportunities While Ending Recidivism. The Department of Corrections will engage the juveniles by building comfort kits with their families, along side of law enforcement. Kits include a stuffed animal and children’s book. Law enforcement keep the kits with them to give to children they encounter through their work.
USD 396 Seal Elementary: Sensory Equipment – $1,362.97
Funding will be used to purchase sensory equipment to assist students in maintaining a calm state so that they can perform in the classroom to the best of their abilities.
USD 259 Spaght Communication/Magnet School: The Den – $3,100
The Den will become a school store where students can earn tokens through positive actions like coming to school on time, not leaving early, following school rules for success and being a positive leader in school. Tokens can be used to purchase items, such as healthy snacks, personal care items, clothing and other incentives.
Wichita Collegiate School: GREEN TEAM – $982.90
The GREEN TEAM, made up of third graders, will build four raised garden beds. The fresh vegetable grown in these beds will be provided to local food pantries to help those in need.