Robinson Community Learning CenterBuilding Our New Home
Robinson Community Learning Center
Building Our New Home
Now in its 18th year, the Robinson Community Learning Center has long served as a “bridge” between the University of Notre Dame and the near-Northeast side community. Through commitment to its goals of Hospitality, Partnership, Civic Engagement, and Sustainability, the RCLC provides comprehensive programming that includes after-school tutoring, senior book clubs, community lectures, youth entrepreneurship, youth Shakespeare, and the Take Ten violence prevention/conflict resolution program. But in serving nearly 3,000 residents annually, it has outgrown its current facility.
In order to address this pressing need for the expansion of existing programs while also integrating new space for early childhood education, a new facility nearly twice the size is being planned, to be completed by the summer of 2020.
Youth Program: Shakespeare Monologue
After securing generous funding commitments from the university, an anonymous family foundation, and the City of South Bend, the RCLC submitted a grant request to the Foundation that would provide a 1:1 match with another donor that would close out the capital campaign. The Foundation board, pleased to financially support the concept of a bigger, better RCLC, moved to approve the grant request.