By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Lebanese American Heritage Club will continue to provide after school programming to the community after receiving a $500,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
“These afterschool programs are focused on youth development, nurturing parenting, substance abuse prevention, community service and overall improving the behavioral and physical well-being of the community,” LAHC Executive Director Wassim Mahfouz said.
The LAHC applied for the Counter Violent Extremism Grant in September through an online application.
“These new grants will provide state, local and tribal partners and community groups — religious groups, mental health and social service providers, educators and other (non-governmental organizations) — with the ability to build prevention programs that address the root causes of violent extremism and deter individuals who may already be radicalizing to violence,” the DHS website read.
Mahfouz was notified Jan. 17 the LAHC was awarded the $500,000 grant for developing resilience.
Funds will be used over the next two years to sustain existing programming offered by the LAHC.
Mahfouz said the LAHC has offered and served the community for more than 30 years, and through its various programs for almost a decade.
“The LAHC has and will continue to be committed to the advancement and growth of the communities we serve and works diligently to ensure our advocacy efforts are consistent with the needs of those we serve,” he said. “We are open to dialog and welcome anyone interested in learning about our work.”
For more information on the LAHC go to lahc.org.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)