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Messiah College's Harrisburg Institute receives grant to expand mentoring programs for

at-risk youth in the city of Harrisburg


GRANTHAM, Pa. (Sept. 19, 2007) — President Kim Phipps is pleased to announce that Messiah College received a $630,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for the college’s Harrisburg Institute to further develop strategies and programs for mentoring academically at-risk youth in the City of Harrisburg.  This funding will allow the Harrisburg Institute to expand mentoring initiatives in Harrisburg while developing training programs in conjunction with other community groups working with at-risk youth.  “Messiah College is deeply committed to being a community and educational resource in the City of Harrisburg. This U.S. Department of Justice grant recognizes the promise of mentoring initiatives already being administered by our Harrisburg Institute to positively influence Harrisburg youth,” says Phipps. 

The Harrisburg Institute is a community-based initiative of Messiah College designed to address community concerns and foster mutual learning among students, educators and community partners in Harrisburg and surrounding urban neighborhoods.  The residential component of the Harrisburg Institute provides housing for Messiah College students at 28 Dewberry Street, an area quickly becoming the educational corridor of the city.  Students reside in the city of Harrisburg, take classes at Messiah’s Grantham campus and participate in service projects in the city. Additionally, the Harrisburg Institute administers a variety of research projects with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Weed and Seed Initiative, with the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Education; and with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Youth Empowerment Initiative.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,800 undergraduate students in 60 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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ARTICLE DATE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2007
ARTICLE NUMBER: MC-082-07
 

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