In the United States, over 400,000 children are currently in foster care. These youth are often not given the support or help they need with their education, employment, accessing health care, and transitional
living arrangements. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), one in four foster youth will experience PTSD, one in five will become homeless after age 18 and 71% of young women will be pregnant by the age of 21.
Foster youth have a tough time transitioning into successful adulthood especially due to a lack of educational achievement. Our private tutors can attest that education plays a crucial part in a child’s life, and unfortunately less than half of foster youth graduate high school and less than 3% graduate college. Because of this, nearly 40% of transitioning foster youth become homeless within 18 months of discharge, and compared to their peers, children in foster care are also more likely to be unemployed or to work in minimum wage jobs.
Since May is National Foster Care Month, now is the perfect time to raise awareness and recognize that we all can play a part in ensuring that children and youth in foster care can achieve brighter futures. In Santa Clara County, the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund is investing in local programs that help to positively impact the lives of foster youth.
The Silicon Valley Children’s Fund’s vision is to see all foster youth in Silicon Valley become self-reliant by the age of 24. Their programs help youth achieve their educational and career goals, and become healthy, responsible, independent adults. As an established private tutoring service, we know that all children have the potential to achieve their dreams—some just need a little extra help. SVCF is doing just that, and their emerging scholars have a 77% high school graduation rate and are ten times more likely to graduate college than their foster youth peers!
To help support the amazing work that The Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and other nonprofits in the bay area are doing, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation will again host Silicon Valley Gives for 2016.
Silicon Valley Gives is an online charity fundraising event that all nonprofit organizations in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Benito and San Francisco can participate in. This 24-hour fundraising effort is hosted by The Silicon Valley Community Foundation with the help of sponsors each year, and since 2014 has raised nearly $16 million for thousands of nonprofits. The event raises money through a single online donation platform, providing an incredibly simple way for donors to connect to causes they care about.
On Tuesday, May 3rd, The Mark and Ruth Pearson Tutoring Challenge will match your donation to the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund for the entire 24 hours through Silicon Valley Gives, up to $100,000!
Donors may make a donation on Silicon Valley Gives to an organization of their choosing on their mobile device. If you are interested in giving to The Silicon Valley Children’s Fund or any other bay area charity, simply visit sv.gives.razoo.com on any web-enabled mobile device to make a donation or learn about a nonprofit or school.