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Centro Cultural grabs $10K Nike grant

Centro Cultural receives $10,000 grant from the Nike Employee Grant Fund

Centro Cultural of Washington County has received a $10,000 grant from the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation.

The grant will support Centro Cultural's Youth Empowered Success (YES) program, developing leadership skills for at-risk middle school students in the context of sports, classroom discussions and community service, according to Centro Cultural's executive director, Jose Rivera.

The mission of Cornelius-based Centro Cultural is to promote social and economic development, meet basic human and community needs and increase cultural consciousness and understanding among diverse groups of the community.

Launched in spring 2010, the Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is granting up to $600,000 per year for three years to local nonprofit organizations or schools that wish to join Nike in creating positive social and environmental change.

The OCF works with businesses such as Nike, as well as individuals and organizations, to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.