Mayor Jennifer Roberts announced today a $1M grant from the Gambrell Family Foundation to expand after school programs for Charlotte middle school students. The investment will provide after school programs to more than 600 at risk students who currently lack access to a program as well as offer micro-grants and continuing education to program providers.

“After school programs help both students and parents,” said Roberts. “This investment is a big step forward but more work must be done and I am committed to working with our public and private partners to expand opportunities to the thousands of teens who currently lack access to quality after school programs.”

The announcement was made with Sally Gambrell of the Gambrell Family Foundation and Meck Ed’s Ross Danis, who partnered with Roberts to create Charlotte NEXT, a public-private partnership with a mission to improve the quality and quantity of out of school time opportunities for Charlotte youth.