With the summer months approaching, a grant from Fiesta Bowl Charities is helping ensure a smooth transition from school-year to summer programming for homeless and impoverished children in Mesa-based Save the Family’s Youth Enrichment and Achievement Summer Program (YEA).
The Fiesta Bowl Charities’ $30,000 grant supports YEA’s enriching programs and summer camp opportunities that offer emotional, social and educational support for up to 160 children
Through YEA, children participate in financial literacy lessons, pet and art therapy, a summer reading program, prevention education curriculum, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities and field trips. The Fiesta Bowl Charities grant will primarily cover costs for summer camp registration fees and equipment for the children.
“Ensuring ongoing programming during the school year and through the summer months is vital to maintaining consistency in the children’s education and the positive outcomes we strive for,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor. “Fiesta Bowl Charities has been a tremendous partner in helping us achieve our goals for these children and their families.”
Summer activities are scheduled from May through August and are supported by local foundations and corporations. Save the Family’s YEA! Summer Program began in 2009 with start-up funding from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.
“The program’s outcomes are well documented with 89 percent of the children showing improvement in behaviors from aggression, attention problems, anxiety and social problems,” Taylor said.
Additional YEA opportunities during the summer include swimming, visits to sporting events and science museums.
“Fiesta Bowl Charities receives and reviews hundreds of grant applications and programs that directly benefit our state’s youth, sports and education rise to the top,” said Steve Leach, Fiesta Bowl chairman of the board of directors. “Save the Family makes a meaningful difference in children’s lives with resources that accelerate their development and provide opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise experience.”
For more information about YEA programs and Save the Family, visit www.SavetheFamily.org.