Congratulations to the five USVI nonprofit organizations that received $10,000 grants each from The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) as part of the recently established Popular VI Community Fund. These 5 organizations provide direct services in one or more of the grant’s focus areas, such as youth programs, entrepreneurship and/or environmental protection.

• Lion Haven Community Center in St. Croix plans to use its grant to focus on improving the academic performance, health and fitness, and social skills of 35-50 young people while also building and nurturing their creative talents.

• Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts is using the funding to continue its artist-in-residence program by bringing new artists, different perspectives, and fresh ideas to St. Croix.

• Virgin Islands Justice Initiative is using the grant to support its Youth Restorative Justice Program, which focuses on youth ages 18 to 26 who are currently attending or have recently completed a job training program and have a criminal arrest record that needs to be expunged.

• Gifft Hill School in St. John received a grant to support an after-school program that will provide tutoring services and enrichment club activities for 150-200 students throughout the course of the school year.

• United Jazz Foundation received grant funding to support a program that uses music to enhance student’s life skills and build their social intellect, music writing and notation skills, self-determination, experience in a professional recording environment, and the ability to express and convey their personal story through their craft in a public space.

According to a press release by the Banco Popular of Puerto Rico, the purpose of the fund is to support the philanthropic interests of and its employees in the islands. The bank established the Popular VI Community Fund at CFVI with an initial donation of $100,000. This initiative focuses on the well-being of the communities. Popular operates on St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, Water Island and Tortola. Read the full reporting from St. Croix Source and The Virgin Islands Daily News.

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