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Mentor2Youth Receives $4,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy


[Ypsilanti] – 10/11/16 —The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Mentor2Youth a $4,000 grant to support youth literacy.  This local grant is part of $4.5 million in youth literacy grants awarded to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. Given at the beginning of the academic school year, these grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction.


Emmanuel Jones, Executive Director of Mentor2Youth shared, “After surveying our families and reviewing local school data on what the true needs were in the community, reading and math support for students was synonymous across Ypsilanti. We realized expanding our services to provide tutoring for our elementary students was a priority. Thankfully, the support needed has been provided and we are grateful for the generous contribution Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided towards this initiative.


The Future Leaders Program is a youth development program catered towards children grades 2-8th. Historically, operating as a weekly mentoring program 40 weeks out of the year, more than 245 youth have participated in this program. This year, the program is expanding to occur four days a week during the school year and summer period providing reading and math tutoring, lifeskills workshops focused on STEM, financial literacy, health and wellness, and educational mentoring sessions. These workshops are supplemented through fieldtrips and service projects.


“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”


Committed to helping increase the literacy skills of individuals of all ages, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education since its inception in 1993.  The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.


The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test.  At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.



About Mentor2Youth
Mentor2Youth was started in 2011 based on an idea developed for a research project at Michigan State University. The research revolved around how a mentoring program would impact students’ academic performance and behavioral conduct. Based on positive results, the research project was developed into a non-profit. Mentor2Youth has served 500+ youth since that day and now holds 5-6 programs throughout the school and summer periods working with an average of 125-150 youth ages 8-18 throughout Washtenaw County emphasizing the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 7.9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit


About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 13,000 stores in 43 states as of August 13, 2016. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit


~M2Y Team