Centerstone Receives $80,000 in Grants to Provide After-School Program for At-Risk Students

Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, has received two grants totaling approximately $80,000 to support the launch of an after-school program at Wallace Academy this fall. These grants were received from the Martha and Bronson Ingram Foundation and the Cal Turner Family Foundation.

Wallace Academy is a special education school for students, grades 6 through 12, who have emotional and behavioral problems that inhibit their ability to function successfully in a typical school environment. Centerstone’s two-year pilot project funded by these grants will offer 48 at-risk students (each year) the chance to participate in an after-school program that will help them succeed in school and beyond by offering a vocational training program in culinary arts and food service skills. The students will attend the program four days a week for 36 weeks.

“The generosity of the Ingram and Turner family foundations will allow Centerstone to help at-risk youth become successful and self-sufficient,” said David Guth, CEO of Centerstone. “The Wallace Academy after-school program maximizes the tremendous potential we believe these students possess, ultimately preparing them to become contributors to society.”

Numerous studies demonstrate that well-executed after-school programs improve student academic skills and graduation rates, make young people feel secure and safe, and reduce delinquent behaviors by keeping students productively engaged.

“The Ingram and Turner families are leading the way to a brighter future for young people who participate in the Wallace Academy after-school program,” said Suzanne Iler, vice president for major gifts and planned giving at Centerstone. “The scope of these contributions will reach beyond the individual students served in the program into their families and communities.”

The Martha and Bronson Ingram Foundation was established in 1999. It is supported by the Ingram family and Ingram Industries Inc. The Cal Turner Family Foundation of Nashville is committed to families and communities that nurture human potential.