Fund Supports Youth-in-Care Pursuing Post-Secondary Education
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Funding post-secondary education is a
daunting task for most students and their families. Average tuition and
related living costs now hover near the $11,000 mark in Ontario.
For current and former youth-in-care of the Catholic Children's Aid
Society of Toronto (CCAS), the task is an uphill climb and in some
cases it can prove to be a deterrent to pursuing further education.
Under provincial legislation, youth are required to leave their foster
or group home at the age of 18. They must then manage the financial
burden of independent living - including rent, utility costs, laundry,
and groceries - in addition to tuition and text books.
With that in mind, on Wednesday September 19, 2012, the Hope for
Children Fund of the CCAS, will support more than 100 current and
former youth-in-care, pursuing post-secondary education. The fund will
award approximately $140,000 in scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic
Tia is a Hope for Children Fund Scholarship recipient. She is currently
pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama at Queen's University.
"Foster children have enough extra worries," says Tia. "Relieving
financial pressure is very beneficial to post-secondary success.
Without this scholarship, it is fair to say, things would have been a
"Funding post-secondary education is a costly endeavour," says Fernando
Saldanha, Manager, Hope for Children Fund. "Our job at CCAS, and the
goal of our donors, is to help make the seemingly impossible, possible
for these children. We know education is the gateway that will open
their worlds and this event is about supporting that journey. It's
about beating the odds."
Hope for Children Scholarship Event
"Beating the Odds"
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Hart House, University of Toronto
About Hope for Children Fund:
The Hope for Children Fund supports the Catholic Children's Aid Society
(CCAS) in delivering education and poverty relief programs to its
clients with a focus on child abuse prevention. Many of the Fund's
programs are designed to help alleviate crisis situations that may lead
to abuse. Hope for Children Fund has awarded more than $2.6 million in
scholarships and special achievement grants. To learn more about Hope
for Children Fund, please visit: www.hopeforchildren.ca
81 per cent of Ontario youth graduate high school, while youth in care
have a graduation rate of 44 per cent. (OACAS, Child Welfare Report
Ontario Children's Aid Societies recommend that Ministry policy be
changed to allow youth to stay at home until they finish high school,
and they have had the chance to acquire the skills they need to succeed
on their own. (OACAS, Child Welfare Report 2011)
SOURCE: Catholic Children's Aid Society Of Toronto
For further information:
To arrange an interview with Tia or for more information about the event, please contact:
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto
Catholic Children's Aid Society Of Toronto