Mayo Clinic announced on Monday that it has awarded $126,588 in grants to 14 Olmsted County non-profits that support child care as well as distance learning.

A collaboration between Hope Fuse, Spark (the former Rochester Children’s Museum) and Sports Mentorship Academy was one the projects receiving funding.

The three are joining forces to provide distance learning and mentoring support for students using Hope Fuse's mentoring and tutoring program for youth 10- to 17-years-old. During distance learning, these students and mentors will use Spark's resources and space in the Apache Mall to continue their education and stay on track.

"Now more than ever, we want to be a community resource for all children and help remove any barriers so they can learn and succeed," stated Spark Director Beth Sherden in the Mayo Clinic announcement.

Funding was prioritized by Mayo Clinic based on a program's potential effects on a community and innovation.

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"Parents and caregivers are confronted with managing the dueling responsibilities of their job, daily responsibilities, and supporting their children in either distance or hybrid learning models," stated Mayo Clinic’s Enterprise Community Engagement Director Erin Sexton in the announcement. "Mayo Clinic felt it was important to support local nonprofits that are stepping up to provide this crucial support."

The other organizations receiving money from Mayo Clinic include:

· 125 Live

· Boys & Girls Club of Rochester

· Families First of Minnesota

· Jeremiah Program

· Next Chapter Ministries

· Project Legacy

· Quarry Hill Nature Center

· Rochester Public Library Foundation ― Rochester Reading Champions

· Rochester YMCA

· ServeMinnesota

· Sports Mentorship Academy

· Somali American Social Services Association