In the year since the Joint Neighborhood Project closed its doors, individuals closest to the organization continue to make positive changes in the community.
Recently, David Anderson, former president of the Joint Neighborhood Project Board of Directors, established the Joint Neighborhood Project CEO Endowment Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to support Jamestown residents looking to further their education at Jamestown Community College or Jamestown Business College.
"Most of the people we worked with (at JNP) were in a situation where they had a high school diploma or General Education Degree and they wanted to do more," Anderson said. "We were aware of the challenges they faced, raising children and working different jobs, and they were aware of the demands of going back to school. We are excited at the opportunity to give people that we worked with a chance to get an associate's or bachelor's degree and continue to encourage them to be all that they can be."
Randy Sweeney, executive director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and David Anderson, former president of the Joint Neighborhood Project, pose with Rosanne Johanson, vice president Jamestown Business College, and the recipients of the first JNP CEO Endowment Fund scholarships. From left, Vidalys Colon, Nisha Molina Santiago, Daphne Crawford, Nilsbet Molina Santiago and Alexandra Marrero.
Developed from an idea from the city of Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission in the late 1990s, the Chautauqua Educational Opportunity Program, or CEO Program, provides students a scholarship based on work ethic, motivation, potential for success, and being one of the first generation in their family to attend college.
Today, due to financial support from the Hundred Member Club of Jamestown High School and matching grants from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, more than 70 students have entered the CEO Program, many of whom were the first ones in their family to attend college.
For more information on this fund, or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact the Community Foundation at 661-3390 or visit crcfonline.org.