Published : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 11:25 AM
60% of students in Pasadena public schools experience poverty. Many lack a nurturing support system, which leaves them vulnerable to gang involvement and entanglement in the juvenile justice system. For youth affected by poverty and community violence, it can seem impossible to stay in school and make healthy choices. That’s why Flintridge Center coordinates supportive programs for 150 youth in high-risk circumstances every year.
Over the summer, the SKILLZ Summer School and Youth of Promise programs will provide youth with academic support, life skills, mentoring, arts education, and fun outings.
Flintridge is raising money to get all 150 youth it serves a backpack full of supplies so they can achieve academic success and start the school year strong. It may not seem like much, but simply having a backpack can make a world of difference for a young person facing poverty.
Help a student thrive this summer by donating online to Flintridge Center’s Back to (Summer) School Backpacks fundraiser.
Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/back-to-summer-school-backpacks2017 to donate now.
Flintridge Center’s youth program partners are: Day One, College Access Plan, Lake Avenue Community Foundation, Pasadena Unified School District, ArtCenter College of Design, Live Above The Hype, Aspires West, Pasadena City College, and Be Strong Families.