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C5 Georgia Youth Foundation Honored With Investment From UCB Community Health Fund

Atlanta Nonprofit One of Only Seven United States Organizations Recognized by Belgium-based Foundation

C5 Georgia Youth Foundation, a five-year leadership development program serving under-resourced middle and high school youth, today announced it has received support from the UCB Community Health Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium.  

This year’s 50 worldwide recipient organizations submitted project proposals focused on supporting vulnerable young people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a UCB Community Health Fund recipient, the organizations will receive a combined total of $2.89 million for support and research projects. 

“Becoming challenge ready is a fundamental element within the C5 Georgia program. Our experiences build courage, perseverance and resilience and are the most transformational component of our curriculum,” added Jackie Cannizzo, C5 Georgia, executive director. “This investment will allow us to take students from Atlanta to the backcountry of Wyoming, and the rigorous hike will prepare them to overcome life’s many obstacles.” 

Launched in June 2020, the UCB Community Health Fund is focused on addressing health disparities amongst vulnerable populations, starting by contributing to understand and reduce the medium and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their physical, mental and social well-being. By supporting impact-driven projects and social science research studies, the Fund aims to bring much needed relief and strengthens relationships between UCB, communities and stakeholders.

“The volume of applications confirmed there is a big need for support of vulnerable populations, especially in the wake of COVID-19. We look forward to seeing the impact of these projects on young people impacted by the pandemic,” said Patty Fritz, head of U.S. Corporate Affairs. “We hope the funding will enable all the awarded organizations to continue the impressive work they are doing in their communities across the U.S.”

Every C5 Georgia graduate has attended post-secondary education, joined the military or started their careers. Student leaders have earned over $10 million in academic scholarships including Gates Millennium, Posse, QuestBridge and Horatio Alger. C5 alumni are currently enrolled at Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, New York University, Emory University, Howard University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.

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