San Pablo council approves $647,000 for city schools

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Students at Lake Elementary participate in a Get Fit event last year featuring Golden State Warriors' player James McAdoo.

Students attending a half-dozen San Pablo schools and Richmond High will benefit from a $647,000 infusion to local nonprofits.

This week, the San Pablo City Council approved funding several nonprofits’ efforts to coordinate and implement programs at local schools including out-of-school education and care, youth leadership and violence prevention and intervention.

The grants were awarded for two years, beginning this year and ending in June 30, 2019, the city said.

Bay Area Community Resources, a provider of after-school programs, received $386,000 for programming at Helms, Dover, Downer and Riverside elementary schools. The YMCA of the East Bay received $150,000 to have its Y Team, which offers mental health services among others. The Y Team will assist students at Lake and Bayview elementary schools.

Catholic Charities of the East Bay received $35,000, and Familias Unidas received $15,000 — each for violence prevention and intervention programs at Richmond High, where many San Pablo students attend.

The remaining $61,000 of the $647,000 is slated for programs at Bayview and Lake elementary schools that have not yet been determined.

“By partnering with the community, we create a social fabric that allows us the opportunity to strategically achieve positive outcomes with our investment in children, youth, and families,” said Greg Dwyer, the city’s community services director.  San Pablo. “I look forward to spending the next two years working to further enhance the San Pablo experience for our youth.”

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