First Lady Glenna Fletcher's Communications Office
First Lady Glenna Fletcher Announces Funding for Boone County Family Resource and Youth Services Centers

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 15, 2007  
Contact Information:  Season Prewitt

Vikki Franklin

FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Glenna Fletcher visited Yealey Elementary School in Florence today to announcing $34,650 in funding for the Yealey Elementary Family Resource Center, one of 18 new family resource and youth services center (FRYSCs) projects statewide.

The First Lady also announced funding for two additional FRYSC projects in Boone County: $34,650 for the new Camp Ernst Middle School Youth Services Center; and $56,280 for the new Boone County High School Youth Services Center.

Created by the 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act, FRYSCs help students succeed in the classroom by connecting families and students to local social, family, health and other assistance resources. Family resource centers serve elementary schools and youth services centers serve middle and high schools.

Kentucky’s FRYSC network is the largest school-based family support initiative in the nation.

“Thanks to this additional funding, Boone County will now have 11 centers in operation, which means more students will have access to the assistance and resources they need to be successful,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher. “It is my pleasure to be here today to make these announcements and to support our investment.”

Family resource and youth services centers serve schools where at least 20 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Centers receive annual funding based on $210 per student who qualifies for free school meals. At Yealey Elementary, 22.5 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. At Camp Ernst Middle School and Boone County High School, 21 percent and 25 percent of students, respectively, are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) administers the FRYSCs in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education and local school administrators, educators and support staff.

“Academic success depends on many factors and the FRYSCs help address health, social and related factors that often can impede a child’s progress in school,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell. “We are delighted this funding will extend valuable FRYSC programs and services to more Kentucky students and their families.”

More than 820 centers operate around the state, serving more than 613,000 public school students and their families.