Molina Healthcare of Utah recently donated $2,500 to the 4-H Afterschool Programs, a youth development program of Utah State University Extension, to support enrichment for local youth. Brandon Hendrickson, plan president for Molina Healthcare of Utah presented the check to support the program.
The Iron County school district serves nearly 9,500 kids in PK and K-12, and approximately 47 percent of the kids receive a free or reduced lunch. The number of families who qualify may be underreported because not every eligible student exercises this option.
“4-H Afterschool programming in Iron County relies exclusively on external donations to operate in three local elementary and two middle schools,” said Kathleen Riggs, USU Extension Professor, FCS/4-H Youth programs. “Our program requires roughly $1,000 per year to serve one youth in these programs. Funding from community partners like Molina will help us provide nutritious snacks, physical activities, 4-H project supplies, and materials for life skills development. Currently, our goal is to provide access to high-quality positive youth development for approximately 120-150 at-risk, low-income youth annually.”