Nearly 300 children and youth in kindergarten through 12th grades enrolled in one of Save the Family’s youth’s programs, including the Youth Enrichment and Achievement (YEA) program, will pick out backpacks with school supplies coordinated for their grade levels at the Back to School Bash in Mesa from 9 to 11 a.m. tomorrow, July 29.
Volunteers and staff will hand out backpacks in three categories: K-2, grades 3-6 and junior high/high school.
“By ensuring these children have what they need to start school, we’re also ensuring that they’re ready to focus on learning,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor.
The YEA program, one of Save the Family’s premier youth programs, is designed for children ages 7-18, and assists in closing the gap in K-12 education, increase protective factors against violence and substance abuse and explore various career and educational opportunities through participation in after-school classes and activities.
The Back-to-School Bash is sponsored by the Turnbow Foundation. Arizona Coyotes mascot Howler will be at the event at 9 a.m.
Mesa-based Save the Family is located at 125 E. University Drive. For more information, visit: www.savethefamily.org.