JAMESTOWN – The Eastside Family YMCA – which provides after school programming for dozens of Hispanic children and youth in the area – is in danger of closing its doors.
That’s according to a report in Wednesday’s Jamestown Post-Journal, which says a significant funding cut could result in the operation no longer being able to provide services to the east side community.
The Eastside Y is located on E. Second St. near the intersection with Winsor St. According to the article, the program had a budget of $150,000 in 2015, with most of that money coming from local foundations. However, a reduction in funding for 2017 has lead to Eastside Y officials to voice their concern that the program will no longer be able to operate.
The program is a community center for the Spanish speaking community and targets Hispanic students who might need help with language and literacy, and engages them in activities and learning. According to the article, the Eastside Y serves around 48 children a month, averaging 35 a day.