This Thanksgiving season, CURA is sponsoring a “Give Thanks" fundraiser to support The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able Youth Initiative which provides education, personal growth and job readiness programs for homeless youth in New York City. A recent publication by the Center for Economic Opportunity reports that 15.8% of the youth in NYC are not engaged in work or school. As part of this new initiative, 18- to 26-year-olds who enter The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able program without a high school diploma or equivalent will have the opportunity to participate in a mixed week of work and education. Of this population being served, 50% have a history of incarceration, 23% grew up in foster care, 93% are African-American or Hispanic, 28% are fathers, and 48% lack a GED or high school diploma.
While traditional youth programs emphasize transitional employment or education, The Doe Fund’s program allows participants to pursue both work and education at the same time without having to choose one over the other.
We have some fabulous perks for donations including: a year's subscription to luxury beauty and lifestyle products through Birchbox, free classes at Exhale barre/spa/yoga, a gift certificate to Book Culture, dog tags from The DogTag public art exhibit and more. Please join us in our cause. Every little bit of support helps.