Valley Youth House, tells her story and how she was able to utlize the programs offered by VYH to help fund her dream of working in the medical field, and to graduate from Community College of Philadelphia.
There was a great turnout to support the annual Backpack Drive,
The Backpack Challenge raises funds and collects essential back to school items for foster care youth. From its humble beginnings, the Backpack Challenge has grown from a small collection drive to a national program due to the strong partnership between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Five Below, 96.5 Amp Radio & 92.5 XTU, and Valley Youth House.
Matt Smith, Beasley Broadcast Group and VYH Board Member spoke about the great success about the Backpack Challenge. This year they're taking the program nationally in Atlanta, Baltmore, Cleveland & Detroit area Five Below stores will run from July 24 to August 9.
Bennett and Bex from 96.5 Amp Radio with the Valley Youth House standout students who are receiving scholarships, computers and other tools to help them further their education.
Young people in foster care are given the tools needed to pursue and achieve their educational goals through the support of their own communities. From 2013 to 2014 in Philadelphia, the number of collection site partners more than doubled, 5,173 backpacks were collected, and over $36,000 was raised.