It's called, "No Child Left With Nothing to Do." Spearheaded by Congressman Artur Davis, the initiative involves his office partnering with private organizations to provide scholarships for children within the blackbelt to summer enrichment programs.
"It's so important that we reach our children and that we recognize that hte Congressional office is not just about passing legislation and producing bill," says Representative Davis. "It's about stitching together partnerships to make sure that our good purposes are translated into the community and that's exactly what this program is about."
"I think it will be a tremendous help!" says Joane Holloway, who is a resource developer for the Sumter County Department of Human Resources. "Instead of just hanging out, we want them to be focused and to learn and grow and to be responsible adults."
So far, Davis says his office has secured at least 1,000 scholarships to almost 20 enrichment programs. Ranging from science, math and technology to animal care and sports, the programs are being held in cities all the way from Birmingham to Livingston, Demopolis and beyond.
As his office works to secure more scholarships, representatives for Davis say they still need more help with providing some transportation.
"We call upon churches that have vans," says Lukata Mjumbe. "We call upon other companies or institutions that have access to transportation resources. You can have a program that will change a child's life that's in Tuscaloosa or Birmingham, but if a child from Perry County or Choctaw County doesn't have transportation, that life will never be changed."
Fore more information on donating or applying for scholarships call (205) 652-5834.