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TREASURE COAST -
Children's Home Society of Florida, Treasure Coast Division, has received a $15,000 grant from the Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.
The grant will provide individualized educational opportunities to cover tuition and costs for a broad range of certified programs and driving school for disadvantaged youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
The youth take part in the transitional living program, which provides residential and outreach services, case management, life skills training and temporary, safe housing in order to promote independence and prevent homelessness.
The primary goal of the program is to prevent homelessness and break the cycle of abuse and neglect that have been part of these youth's lives.
The Youth Transition Center, a key residential component of the program, is the only facility of its kind in the Treasure Coast region.
YTC staff is on-site day and night, and on-call 24 hours a day. Since October, Children's Home Society has extended the transitional living program beyond serving former foster youth to include a general population of homeless, disadvantaged youth through the street outreach program.
"We are truly thrilled Scripps is investing in the success of our youth and committing to make a difference in their lives," says Jan Swink, executive director of Children's Home Society, Treasure Coast Division.
For more information, call (772) 344-4020, Ext. 231 or visit chsfl.org.