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Massachusetts Avenue Project gets $15,000 from First Niagara Foundation

First Niagara gives MAP $15,000 grant

The Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) received a $15,000 grant from the First Niagara Foundation to support youth leadership, job training and education.

The foundation has long supported MAP’s Growing Green Program, support that has allowed MAP “to change the lives of thousands of young people and community members by creating meaningful jobs, real-world leadership opportunities and increased healthy food access to community members,” MAP Executive Director Diane Picard said in a news release.

Growing Green employs up to 50 teens annually. The program goal is to create innovative and meaningful training jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for disadvantaged youth and to increase healthy food access in low-income neighborhoods.

Since 2008, 96 percent of high school seniors in the program graduated on time; 95 percent have gone on to college. Over the past 13 years, MAP has provided jobs and training to more than 650 teens and nutrition-based training to more than 12,000 residents, students and policymakers. Last year, MAP sold over 30,000 pounds of local organic produce to more than 3,600 low-income customers at six market sites across the city.