The 10th Anniversary of YWCA Santa Monica/Westside’s Housing & Education Program took place at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside on Friday, May 9. The program helps young women exiting the foster care system build a successful future by providing social support, services and skills training. Residents are provided with the program for up to two-and-a-half years while they attend school full-time, work part-time, save for their future, learn life skills and take responsibility for the upkeep of the house. California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and Sylvia Castillo, District Director for California Assembly Speaker-Elect Karen Bass spoke at the event that was attended by local donors and partners as well as foster care advocates. The program, which houses 8 girls, has a 100% success rate in college graduation and/or professional certification of participants compared to a 2% college graduation rate in the national population of youth emancipated from the foster care system. Many of the current residents and alumni were at the celebration.
Foster Youth Celebrated at YWCA: 10th Anniversary in Santa Monica
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