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Donations help to fund vocational training in the culinary arts for young people who have aged out of foster care

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100% of donations go directly to Eliada Homes, Inc. Donations are automatically applied. Must provide full name at checkout. See Grassroots FAQs that apply to this campaign. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Issue: Limited Opportunities for Youth from Foster Care

About 58% of youth with backgrounds in foster care graduate from high school and 3% earn a college degree, compared with 88% and 23%, respectively, of the general population, USA Today reported. Additionally, 20% of these young people will become homeless in their adulthood.

The Campaign: Providing Vocational Training for Youth

If this Grassroots campaign raises $450, then Eliada Homes, Inc. can provide one week of vocational training in the culinary arts for six young adults who have aged out of foster care. Each additional $450 raised will fund another week of training for the six students out of the 16-week semester. They will receive transferable credit from the training that they can use to continue their education.

Through Eliada’s School of Trade Arts, former foster youth can learn about a vocation while gaining practical work experience that can contribute to their long-term ability to support themselves. Students’ school days include reflection time, academic classes, physical education, and vocational coursework. On the weekends, they engage in team-building activities and cooperative work experience at local businesses. While earning credits, each student lives in provided on-campus housing with a fellow student, thereby improving social skills and building character.

Eliada Homes, Inc.

Rev. Lucius B. Compton founded Eliada Homes, Inc. in 1903 as a home for single mothers and, as the community grew, expanded the home to take in orphaned children. To this day, Eliada maintains a commitment to helping children succeed, supporting them with housing and a nurturing learning environment. Eliada provides foster care for youth, child-development services including summer camp, and recreational programs such as the Therapeutic Animal Service Cooperative and the National Youth Program Using Mini-Bikes. The organization also focuses on supporting young people so they can successfully transition from foster care into adulthood.


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