St. Louis, MO – The PNC Foundation has awarded the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition funding to support Fostering Success: [RE]FRESH, a retail-based, social enterprise business model and learn-to-work program for metro St. Louis foster youth. Youth in foster care have the highest risk for unemployment than any other demographic in the United States.
The program helps older youth, most of whom will age out of foster care with no family, establish good financial habits. About 30 youth from the St. Louis region complete the 120 hour program annually and are supported by mentors, workshops, and on-the-job training opportunities. PNC’s grant provides saving incentives to youth as they reach specific milestones such as the completion of financial learning labs and core competencies.
PNC Bank also offers each youth a savings account at their Brentwood, Missouri branch. Youth are encouraged to save or use the incentives to fund items necessary for employment or education such as transportation or college tuition. “In four months I’ve saved over $400 dollars. I plan on using the money to help pay for books for nursing school this semester,” said Ebony, a [RE]FRESH Associate.
“We are so grateful for the partnership with PNC Bank. Their support will provide a life-changing experience for St. Louis foster youth. When foster youth are connected to the workforce before age 18, they have long-term, positive employment results,” said Melanie Scheetz, Executive Director of the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition.
The PNC Foundation provides philanthropic support to address needs vital to the health of communities through a focus on those that work to achieve sustainability and touch a diverse population, in particular, those that support economic development.
About the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition is a non-profit agency that strives to create permanency in foster children’s lives by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families. Founded in 1989 with the support of United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Coalition is the area’s largest recruiter of foster and adoptive families. To learn more, call 1.800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373) or visit www.foster-adopt.org.
[RE]FRESH: A Fashion Forward Resale Boutique, located at 1710 S. Brentwood Blvd. in St. Louis, accepts new and gently-used donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories. The boutique is open Thurs., Fri., & Sat. 10am to 7 pm, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. A donation bin is available for drop-offs and is located in the parking garage behind the store. For more information, call 314-367-8373 or visit www.refreshstl.org.
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