This Christmas season at Upbring we’re sharing some of our favorite gifts — the kind that continue to be a blessing long after they’ve been received. From the gifts of home and comfort to health and education, we’ll share inspiring stories as our way of saying thank you to all of you who so faithfully and generously made these gifts possible.
Education boosts confidence, inspires exploration, and encourages young adults to think beyond the present. Few things rival education when it comes to personal empowerment but, unfortunately, only 50 percent of children in the foster care system will receive a high school diploma. Only 10 percent of former foster youth will attend college and, of that small group, only 3 percent will graduate.
This is the story of one girl who refused to become a statistic.
Frequently moving and missing school can drastically affect a child’s education. For students like 16-year-old Mara who are in foster care, it is especially easy to fall behind in school and wonder if graduation is an achievable goal. As a student at Trinity Charter School, Mara has earned enough credits to not only catch up, but she’s actually on track to graduate early!
Beyond the practical assistance and support provided to each student, the leaders and staff make the school days fun and engaging. A welcoming, nurturing, and academically rich environment, TCS encourages students to be actively involved in planning the course for their own future – including graduation planning and career exploration.
“Whenever I am having trouble, someone is always there to talk to me. Trinity Charter School has helped me in so many ways, and I am thankful for all of the staff and teachers.”
Please consider making a year-end gift now to support more students like Mara. Your donation to Upbring will be a gift of education this Christmas season and into the New Year.