Departing Sen. John Alexander Fights for YMCA Funding to Facilitate Remote Learning
As one of his final acts as a North Carolina State Senator, Sen. John Alexander (R-Wake) helped secure nearly $20 million for grants to support families struggling with remote learning.
The grants will help families access safe learning environments at YMCAs and other community-based groups while schools are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was part of the General Assembly’s latest COVID-19 relief bill passed earlier this month.
Sen. Alexander has been a fierce advocate for children, families, and the YMCA, even before his tenure in the North Carolina Senate.
Sen. Alexander said, “Now more than ever, we must support students across the state who face the unprecedented challenges of online learning. YMCAs and other local groups know their students and communities best. This is not just a grant; it’s a targeted approach to give students support from seasoned organizations that understand local challenges.”
The money will fund a grant program accessible to YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other community-based groups. Grant money will serve students participating in online learning, and the Carolina Alliance of YMCAs will process grant applications and distribute funding.
“John has committed his life to supporting children and families in North Carolina,” Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said. “His dedication to the state’s youth and YMCAs has never wavered. It is only fitting that one of his last acts of service in the Senate is spearheading efforts to help parents and students overcome the challenges of this pandemic. His quick wit and support for the N.C State Wolfpack will be missed, but his devotion to North Carolina families will be felt for generations to come.”
Sen. Alexander has served in the N.C. Senate for nearly six years and has worked with Republicans to distribute billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds to initiatives throughout North Carolina.