About Our Youth in College Program
Education is key to the success of all youth. Unfortunately, dropout rates are extremely high, particularly for youth experiencing homelessness. In a survey conducted by the Chicago DFSS, less than 15% of unstably housed youth complete high school or college. 38% had not eaten for a whole day due to lack of food. 32% of females and 27% of males were victims of domestic violence.
La Casa Norte’s Youth In College Program focuses on youth ages 18-24 years old who are exiting transitional housing programs and are participating in a college/higher education program.
The program, piloted in 2014, began with 6 students and expanded to support 25 by the end of the 2018 school year. Students work with their own case manager who support them through the difficult transition of college. In 2019, we had our first three youth graduate from their respective institutions and in 2020 we are looking forward to seeing our next three youth cross the stage. Our goal is to support youth and to be a catalyst of change.
About the Fund
The “More Than Ever” Education Fund was created as a legacy by Gregory Maire and Michael Horvich to provide scholarships and education support to youth confronting homelessness. Through this fund, scholarships are provided to students ages 18-24 that are enrolled full time at a Chicago college or university. La Casa Norte is excited to be able to provide our youth with an opportunity to further their education goals and create a better future for themselves.
In early 2019, a second scholarship was established, the Jill L. Meinzer Scholarship Fund, to further support our education initiatives. Jill was active in industry and community organizations that promoted education and leadership opportunities for women. Jill frequently served as a mentor for young women in the cable industry, recognizing the value of utilizing her own experiences to guide and empower others as they navigated career paths of their own.
Later in 2019, a partnership was formed with AT&T. Their desire to support education led to the creation of a third scholarship, the AT&T Foundation Scholarship Fund
About the Luncheon
On May 15, 2019, La Casa Norte hosted its 4th Annual Education Luncheon in support of the establishment of the “More Than Ever” Education Fund. The Luncheon was attended by over 150 guests and celebrated the achievements and promise of the scholarship students. Thanks to the generous support of our luncheon guests, we are able to continue raising awareness and create opportunities for youth to continue on a path of educational success. Through the Luncheon, we were able to raise over $44,000!
Unfortunately, in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to host our Annual Education Luncheon. However, we were still able to give out $33,500 in scholarships and financial support!
If you are interested in learning more about our education support or to set up your own scholarship, please contact us at email@example.com or 773-276-4900 x254.