RELEASE — Family and Children’s Services hits new milestone for post-secondary bursaries for youth in foster care – $57,000 in bursaries is the most the Children’s Aid Society has spent in its 122 year old history
Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington has hit a new milestone in supporting youth in foster care. The Children’s Aid Society is spending more than $57,000 on post-secondary bursaries for youth in its care – the most ever in its 122 year history. The Agency raises bursary money through donations.
“We’re inspired by the youth we serve. They are full of hard work, resilience and optimism. These young people deserve every opportunity we can give them. That’s why we’re so proud to be helping them with a record amount in post-secondary bursaries,” said Steve Woodman, Executive Director.
This year, the Agency will be assisting 20 youth to go to college or university. It spent $50,000 in bursaries last year and $30,000 the year before that. All of the funds came from donations, including a new four year bursary program created by the Splinter Family of Kingston. The Braebury Bursaries will fund four students for up to four years of post-secondary education.
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“We thank the Splinter Family for their leadership in helping youth in care. The Braebury Bursaries is one of the largest awards we’ve ever had,” said Woodman.
Education is the key to the future of kids growing in foster care in Ontario. A 2008 study found only 42 percent of 19 and 20 year-olds in care of a Children’s Aid Society successfully completed high school.
The provincial graduation rate is 81 percent. It also found that only one-in-five of the 18-20 year-old youths in CAS care had participated in post-secondary education.
The Bursaries will be handed out at the Agency’s annual Graduation Dinner June 14 at St. Lawrence College.
People can help by making a donation to the Agency’s bursary program, called the Futures Fund.
Donations can be made online at FamilyandChildren.ca.
Or they can play at the Agency’s annual charity golf tournament – Swing For Success. To play, sponsor or donate, go to www.SwingForSuccess.ca.
Release source: FACSFLA.ca