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.
About the Luncheon
On May 18, 2016, La Casa Norte hosted its inaugural Education Luncheon to announce the establishment of the “More Than Ever” Education Fund. The Luncheon was attended by over 100 guests and celebrate the achievements and promise of the three scholarship recipients. 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 $53,000.
The documentary Alzheimer’s: A Love Story, which features Fund co-creators Gregory Maire and Michael Horvich was also unveiled at the Luncheon. The film has been featured in 60+ film festivals and won 30+ awards. While the documentary will not be available publicly until 2017, you can view the trailer here.
Congratulations to La Casa Norte’s first “More Than Ever” Education Fund Scholarship recipients! We are proud of your accomplishments and celebrate your continued educational success! Meet this year’s recipients below.
|Caprice will complete her Associate’s Degree at Truman College at the end of the Spring 2016 semester. She plans on transferring to Northeastern Illinois University to pursue and English degree with perhaps and education background too.
Caprice was the first Youth In College participant and as of now is on track to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in May 2018.
|Jacquez recently received his mortuary science certificate from Worsham College and plans on taking his board exams by the end of Summer 2016 in order to be an intern at a local funeral home. He plans on attending Harold Washington College for a year, and will then enter a four year university.
There, Jacquez would like to study business management as he hopes to begin his own funeral home business.
|Ricardo is wrapping up his first year at North Park University after receiving his Associate’s Degree in June 2015 from Harold Washington College. He is currently studying history education and has been accepted into two honor societies in teaching and history. He is also a member of North Park’s Track and Field team.
Ricardo is on track to graduate with his Bachelor’s Degree in May 2017.
Education is key to the success of all youth. Unfortunately, dropout rates are extremely high, particularly for homeless youth. 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, currently has 6 students and will expand to support 25 in the 2016/2017 school year. Students work with their own case manager who support them through the difficult transition of college. Our goal is to support youth and to be a catalyst of change.