The Washington Post today announces that through The Washington Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, $155,000 in grants will be awarded to six local nonprofit organizations that support education for at-risk youth and teens in the Washington, D.C.-area. The 2012 grant recipients include:

·  Beacon House Community Ministry , which will receive $17,000 to support one-on-one tutoring in math and reading for students in grades 1-6 as well as tutoring and college preparation activities for students in grades 7-12.

·  Edu-Futuro (Educacion Para Nuestro Futuro), which will receive $22,000 to support the Emerging Leaders Program which pairs mentors with low income Latino high school students to assist with the college and scholarship application process.

·  Everybody Wins! D.C. , which will receive $28,000 to support the Power Lunch Program at Ross Elementary School which provides reading mentors for students once a week during the lunch hour.

·  The George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. , which will receive $28,000 to support their Saturday School program which offers tutoring and mentoring support for students in Montgomery County.

· Higher Achievement D.C. Metro , which will receive $30,000 to support their D.C.-area Achievement Centers which provide out-of-school academic support to middle school students.

·  Reading Partners , which will receive $30,000 to support the Literacy Tutoring Program which provides curriculum-based one-on-one tutoring for students in grades K-5 who have fallen behind in reading.

“We are excited to nearly double our grant funding through The Washington Post Charities as compared to last year,” said Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Washington and CEO of Washington Post Media. “Education continues to be a top priority for The Post and that commitment is strengthened by the financial support offered through The Washington Post Charities. Thanks to the generosity of our readers, employees and others in the region, we can continue to help improve education for underserved kids and teens in our community.”

“The Washington Post and McCormick Foundation share a commitment to addressing the growing needs of our local communities,” said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “These grantee partners are doing wonderful work with at-risk youth in the Greater D.C. area by providing mentoring and literacy services to help the kids get on a successful path.”

The Washington Post partnered with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in 2009 and launched The Washington Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The Washington Post Charities is dedicated to increasing the educational opportunities available for at-risk youth and teens in the Greater Washington Region. The McCormick Foundation matches all gifts at 50 cents on the dollar, increasing the impact of charitable donations. The Washington Post and the Foundation pay all campaign and administrative expenses. One hundred percent of all gifts, plus the match, benefit underserved children.