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Thursday, May 15th, 2014 – 6 PM ~ 8:30 PM
Briza on the Bay
1717 N. Bayshore Drive
To provide food, wine or to be a sponsor contact Brett McNaught
Educate Tomorrow’s Board of Directors
Chris Damian Darius Nevin
Sarah Clasby Engel Stacey Koch Lieberman Jason Mazer
Kara Sharp Scott Dimond Pat Gannon
Erika Leigh Lucas Peter Valori Robert Levenson
Antonio Shelton Jennifer Pakradooni
Erica French Melissa McCarthy Virginia Emmons McNaught
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We believe that any child in our community that is abused, abandoned or neglected should have the support of their community throughout their teenage years and into adulthood with no “age-out” date and no end to when they can be a part of Educate Tomorrow. Educate Tomorrow is meeting a crucial need in Miami and with college students across the state of Florida. In 2013 the prestigious College Board, Advocacy & Policy Center named Educate Tomorrow the 2013 Innovation Award winner for the Southern Region of the United States for the category of preparing students for “Getting In” to college. Educate Tomorrow is devoted to creating independence for disadvantaged and foster youth through education, mentoring and life skills.
Educate Tomorrow is determined to help all emerging adults in need of support in reaching their goals of getting ready, getting in and succeeding in college. Former foster youth in Florida have a great opportunity regarding higher education. Those who age out of the dependency system at 18, are adopted out of the dependency or are placed in the custody of a relative may be eligible to receive an exemption from paying tuition or fees at any Florida university or college. In addition, those who are in foster care on their 18th birthday can also qualify for the funds that enable them to receive $1,250 a month to pay for living expenses while a full time student. Sadly, this opportunity to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, chronic joblessness, neglect and abuse is often lost.
In 2009, 1,475 young adults aged out of foster care in Florida. Based on recent statistics, less than 50% will earn a high school diploma before they turn 22, many will experience homelessness and only 30% will be gainfully employed. Currently more than 90% of our 213 active participants are enrolled in school or gainfully employed. Nationally less than 3% of former foster youth ever obtain a college degree. There are currently 102 Educate Tomorrow participants who are now over 23 years old. Of those, 44% have a college degree or certification and 94% have their high school diploma or GED.
A portion of your ticket is tax deductible. Educate Tomorrow is a certified 501(c)(3) organization.
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