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WYSP receives grants from Security Health Plan, Domer Foundation

February 18, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The Wisconsin Youth Success Program on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus has received $7,500 in grants — $5,000 from Security Health Plan of Wisconsin and $2,500 from the Arnold and Lois Domer Foundation.

WYSP is a free five-week summer program offered to youth ages 10-16 in the Chippewa Valley. The program has been offered to the community for more than 30 years as an opportunity for youth to develop leadership, academic and athletic skills. In addition, the program provides free medical exams, dental cleanings and screenings to each camper.

Lisa Schuetz, WYSP activity director, said that without funding from outside organizations, the program could not be offered free to the community.

"WYSP provides a safe environment for children," Schuetz said. "It allows them to be active in lifelong sports while also learning hands-on education concepts."

Schuetz said the grant money will be used for sports equipment and educational supplies.

Dr. Mickey Crothers, UW-Eau Claire professor of psychology and executive director and trustee for the Domer Foundation, said the foundation began supporting WYSP because it was impressed with the energy, momentum and quality of the program.

"WYSP has a long history of contributing in deeply meaningful ways to the success of young people in the Chippewa Valley and we would like to see that wonderful service to local youths continue," Crothers said.

The Domer Foundation was founded by Arnold and Lois Domer, who were committed to the goal of helping young people reach their aspirations. Crothers said the founders believed every child should have a fair chance in life.

Security Health Plan leaders believe in improving the health, lifestyles and overall well-being of the communities it serves. The company provides charitable contributions to support local communities, organization and initiatives that reflect its vision of building healthy communities.

Area sponsors help fund WYSP each year, and the program also receives support through local fundraising events such as the Shamrock Shuffle, Friday 5K and raffle tickets.

For more information about the grants received by WYSP or to become a sponsor or community partner for the program, contact Lisa Schuetz at schuetlm@uwec.edu.

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