Tampa, Fla. – The University Area Community Development Corporation (CDC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Fifth Third Bank in support of the nonprofit organization’s Prodigy Cultural Arts program.
“Funds from this grant from Fifth Third Bank will go toward support of Prodigy’s mission of keeping at-risk children on track and away from trouble,” said Sarah Combs, University Area CDC CEO, adding that 100 percent of students enrolled will receive academic enrichment and life skill instruction.
Prodigy is a research-based prevention and diversion program for at-risk students in grades one through 12. Through visual and performing arts training, Prodigy helps more than 3,000 students annually who reside in high-risk neighborhoods.
Now in its 17th year, Prodigy has reached more than 25,000 youth. The program touts an impressive annual savings of $160 million for the Florida juvenile justice system with 98 percent of Prodigy students reporting they have stayed out of trouble since their enrollment.
University Area CDC provides support for thousands of Tampa residents through youth programs, adult education and resource assistance. Its primary mission is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. For more information about UACDC, a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership, call 813.558.5212 or visit www.uacdc.org.