Foundation for Second Chances Receives a RIF Grant from Macy's

Top Quote After experiencing financial hardships, Foundation for Second Chances has become the recipient of a Reading Is Fundamental grant and will be able to supply more than 500 of South Los Angeles inner-city youth with literacy material. End Quote
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA (1888PressRelease) June 28, 2012 - Foundation for Second Chances (FFSC), a community based organization is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of a $ 2,200 Reading Is Fundamental Grant sponsored by Macy's Inc. Macy's has been committed to RIF's mission of educating and empowering children through literacy since 2004. This grant will provide over 500 K-8 South Los Angeles youth books through FFSC's Reading Wheels program.

    Foundation for Second Chances' Reading Wheels program aims to prepare and motivate children to read by delivering programming, free books, activities and literacy resources to the children and families of South Los Angeles. With recent federal budget cuts FFSC was unsure of how it was going to supply the youth in its Reading Wheels program with books but this grant will allow FFSC to fulfill its duty.

    "The RIF grant came when FFSC faced a serious funding challenge. We recognize the severe impact the loss of the federal grant is having on FFSC programs juggling tighter budgets," said Melissa Wyatt, Foundation for Second Chances Executive Director. "FFSC is thankful to RIF and Macy's for stepping up to support our Reading Wheels program and working to improve literacy in local communities."

    FFSC's mission is to use hands-on education, mentoring, health awareness and community service to maximize the potential of youth. FFSC strives to empower youth to achieve and sustain academic and personal success, by developing positive life habits and breaking through limiting societal stigmas.

    About Foundation for Second Chances
    Foundation for Second Chances is a community-based organization founded in 2004. Over the past eight years, FFSC has grown to become a sound community based organization in South Los Angeles. FFSC uses hands-on education, mentoring, health awareness and community service to maximize the potential of youth. It serves over 1,500 youth a year and more than 150 daily. Through core programs and major events, FFSC also work with over three hundred 300 volunteers, business leaders, youth and community and government leaders annually. (

    About Macy's
    Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks(R) and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R), as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

    About RIF
    Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 400 million books in the hands of more than 35 million children since it was established in 1966. Learn more and help RIF provide books to kids who need them most, visit

    Adriane Jefferson
    adriane ( @ ) ffscinc dot org

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