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.