Press Release — April 10, 2014
On April 8, 2014, the US Department of Education awarded Farmington nonprofit, Capacity Builders Inc., the prestigious Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant. The purpose of the grant is to improve the health and wellness of local youth by increasing their involvement in physical fitness activities and leisure sports while making informed healthy nutritional choices. With close to $2,000,000 in federal funding, the grant will serve middle school and high school age students and teachers throughout the New Mexico region of the Navajo Nation for the next three years. The grant will provide more than $180,000 in professional development to physical education and classroom teachers – equipping them with the latest research and strategies on how to incorporate physical activity into the classroom and how to provide children better nutrition options. Approximately $70,000 has been set aside to pay local educators a financial stipend to participate in Capacity Builders Inc.’s series of training in these best practice areas. The majority of the grant, however, is dedicated to purchasing brand new exercise and gym equipment for Navajo Nation and Four Corner’s schools and community centers where children and families can work out together.
The most innovative part of the grant, however, it its economic development component which will eventually promote the program as a national model for both youth fitness and career development. Capacity Builders Inc. Founder and Board of Directors’ member, Dr. Deborah Montgomery, commented: “The PEP grant was uniquely designed to further a $600,000 grant initiative, called Train 10, which was funded last year by the federal Department of Health & Human Services. Just like Train 10, the PEP grant will pay for up to five high school seniors or recent graduates to become certified as trainers in the physical fitness industry (while being paid a salary) and will offer business incubation support and funds for creating and launching one’s own business in this field.” These education and personal trainer activities will take place in Capacity Builders Inc.’s nonprofit health club, Gym Lou’s, located next to the Deli Factory on West Broadway. As the gym is already planning for a 5,500 square foot expansion in June, the PEP participants will be able to share their newly gained skills and expertise in such areas as cross fit, yoga, and pilates in what will be a state-of-the-art gym facility.
Capacity Builders, Inc. is a 19-year-old, Four Corners-based, economic development agency that operates with a mission to improve the wellness and economic independence of Native American and disenfranchised children and families. Since this grass-roots nonprofit began pursuing grants in 2010, it has been responsible for bringing more than $7 million in federal funding to Farmington and the New Mexico corridor region of the Navajo Nation. Sixteen year resident of Farmington, Dr. Deborah Montgomery, has been the primary catalyst for the founding of the organization and pursuit of grant funding with the support of her Board of Directors and grant management team. For more information about how you can be involved as a participant or volunteer in one of CBI’s nonprofit ventures, please visit our website at: www.capacitybuilders.info.
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