December 19, 2017
San Diego, CA – Promises2Kids, one of San Diego’s foremost nonprofits, with a focus on foster care and children’s welfare, was recently selected as one of the 2017 grant recipients of the Ticket to Dream Foundation’s Dream It’s Possible grants. The $30,000 grant will go the Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars program. The program begins in high school with Junior Guardian Scholars, which works with foster youth beginning in high school to ensure they graduate from high school, advance to college, and complete their higher education. Guardian Scholars provides scholarships, financial aid, mentor opportunities, guidance and preparatory support prior to and throughout foster youth’s college experience. The program boasts an over 80% success rate for the former foster youth who participate, as compared to the 8% national rate.
With 25,000 foster children between the ages of 18 – 24 aging out of foster care yearly, the goal of Ticket to Dream Foundation’s Dream It’s Possible program is to arm foster youth with support programs that help them graduate high school, enroll in college or vocational training, learn valuable life skills, obtain access to technology, and ensure that they have proper housing ready for their transition to independent living. These resources are made possible by the co-hosted Mattress Firm Charity Golf Classic and through generous supporters and donors.
“Ticket to Dream is proud to lend our support and resources to this year’s Dream It’s Possible grantee programs. With a record setting number of applications and a robust review process, we believe these resources will allow more than 2,000 youth aging out of care to be surrounded with stellar support practices and initiatives that boost their chance at success and reduce the number of youth facing homelessness.” – Gina Davis, Ticket to Dream Executive Director & President