Part of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s ongoing Youth Initiative has us building a fund that PROP can tap for scholarships to needy families looking for help to pay for after-school activities. And, by “us” I mean the Foundation with donors’ help, because this effort couldn’t exist without your contributions.
This past quarter, April through June 2016, with the Foundation’s funding help, PROP issued scholarships to 21 youth in 17 families. The scholarships were used for summer camps, dance, swimming lessons, sports, and music therapy. More than 40 percent of the youngsters receiving scholarships were white, another 23 percent were African-American, and 18 percent were Hispanic/Latino.
PROP’s Jenny Buckland shared this story of impact:
“I had a conversation with one of the mothers who applied. Her husband was laid off work and they had moved to Eden Prairie recently so that she could get work to support the family through this challenging time. Being able to enroll her two kids in summer sports enabled them to make friends and develop their sport skills this summer ahead of starting at a new school in the fall. She was immensely grateful to the EP Community and said she hoped to be able to contribute to programs like this when the family was in a more stable place.”
In the year before we began our Youth Initiative, PROP had run out of scholarship money in the third quarter – one of the factors that led us to focus on this need. You can see that the scholarships have an impact, so if you’re a donor to our Youth Initiative I hope you’re proud of what’s been accomplished.