Keeping promises – 6,000 kids supported

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford’s Promise is on the move.

Having met the goal it set in 1998 to support 6,000 young people by the end of 2000, the local America’s Promise affiliate has landed $25,000 from the Weaver Foundation to develop plans for helping more youngsters over the next four years.

It also teamed up with the Ad Club of the Triad to sponsor the first Make a Promise Gala May 12 at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

Proceeds will be split between Guilford’s Promise and the Ad Club’s community involvement fund.

America’s Promise, which grew out of the April 1997 Presidents’ Summit, is a national alliance of corporate and nonprofit partners that work to boost at-risk youngsters.

With the help of its planning grant, Guilford’s Promise is preparing a three-year plan to help local partners work together more closely and share resources and information, says Molly Keeney, co-chair of Guilford’s Promise and executive director of the Volunteer Center of Greensboro.

The group also plans to assess local resources, better match them with needs, and get youngsters more involved in planning and carrying out its work.

The Ad Club plans to use half of its proceeds from the May 12 gala for a possible new after-school program for middle- and high-school students, and the other half for its ongoing scholarship program, says Liz Jarrett, fundraising chair for the Ad Club and president of The Jarrett Agency.

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