Education is the Premise of Progress
The Garage Community & Youth Center is an after-school center whose mission is to empower youth to reach their potential. They partner with local schools, churches, businesses, other non-profits, and community members to provide free, academic tutoring, mentoring, relationship-building, computer lab use, community service opportunities, and recreation for middle and high school students in southern Chester County. The Garage is open, free of charge, to middle and high school students in the greater Kennett Square and West Grove areas. Their mission is achieved through three core components of their after-school program: tutoring, mentoring, and community service. Many come from economically disadvantaged families whose parents face numerous language and culture challenges. These high-risk youth benefit from this after school program by receiving support and help to overcome obstacles, succeed in school, and make positive life choices. The Garage also teaches them to engage in empowerment, rather than self destructive behavior. The Legacy Foundation provided a grant for technology resources (Mac computers and software) allowing them to expand their reach into the community, enhance the total educational experience, and ultimately serve more students in need. For more information on the program, please visit The Garage Community and Youth Center’s website at www.garageyouthcenter.org.
The Foundation of Every State is the Education of its Youth
The Children’s Scholarship Fund, started in 1998, is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from low-income Philadelphia families with financial access to quality, safe, K-8th grade, tuition-based schools, thereby increasing their long-term economic and social success. CSFP grants need-based scholarships to children from low-income Philadelphia families, all of which are awarded by random lottery. The Legacy Foundation’s grant provided a full four-year scholarship for a deserving child. The scholarship money goes directly to the school the family has selected, but families are responsible for paying a small portion of tuition costs as well — reflecting CSF’s requirement for parental involvement. In their history, they have received over 135,000 applications for the more than 16,500 scholarships awarded. For more information, visit their website at www.csfphiladelphia.org.
Transforming Lives Every Day
City Team Ministries, located in Chester, PA, is a very special ministry supporting the poor and homeless throughout the Delaware Valley. It started in 1957 in San Jose, CA, and has since become a national organization providing hot meals, safe shelter, emergency food boxes and clothing for hundreds of thousands of low income families in need. In addition to these services, the Chester site offers a recovery program for men with drug and alcohol problems, adult learning, clothing, men’s shelter, and mother and infant care services. Mothers with at-risk young children stop by every Wednesday afternoon to receive diapers, formula and other baby items. Many families live in poverty in this area and are unable to celebrate holidays such as Christmas. The children of these families often lack the bare necessities and often do not find any presents under the tree. City Team Ministries created a way to bring low income families holiday food boxes and toys for the children through a volunteer program. Over 2,600 children received toys so they could celebrate the holiday season with joy and happiness. Many lives have been transformed and given hope that real change is possible. The Legacy Foundation provided a grant which helped to purchase bicycles, toys and food for these very special families. For more information, and how you may be able to help, please visit www.cityteam.org.