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ANDERSON, SC, October 12, 2021 — Restoration Foundation Project has received a $2 million grant from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. Governor Henry McMaster awarded $12 million in funding for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. A $2 million portion of that total will support full-time mentoring programs that support education and life skills development.

“We are excited that statewide youth mentoring programs will benefit from this GEER Fund grant,” said Matt Bailey, Executive Director of Restoration Foundation Project. “The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted the academic and social progress of at-risk students who were already struggling to succeed. The prevention and intervention programs our partners operate throughout South Carolina will provide much-needed support and guidance for our young people and keep them on a path that avoids justice system involvement.”

The objective of the DJJ grant for Restoration Project Foundation mentoring program partners is to decrease incarceration and out-of-home placement rates by reducing crime, and anti-social behaviors such as drug abuse. Targeted areas in South Carolina include Anderson, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, North Charleston, Rock Hill, and Spartanburg.

Restoration Project Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Anderson, SC that matches at-risk children with proven mentor relationship programs to strengthen their social confidence and improve their academic achievement. Its mission is to renew hope through education, restore confidence through providing resources, and redeem the future through relationships that can help children reach their full potential.

For more information about Restoration Project Foundation, please call (864) 778-2268, or email info@restorationprojectfoundation.org.

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