The youth that we serve have a variety of needs when they come into our care. SCYAP has developed several initiatives to help meet some of these needs that are not covered by either federal or state funding. Without the generosity of donors, like you, these opportunities would not be possible.
If you would like to make a donation to help us care for our special foster children, we would appreciate any help you can give us. You can make a general donation that will be used to help care for our children in numerous ways. Your donation may be used to fund any of the following special programs:
It can be difficult to anticipate the needs of all of the children that we serve. When they come into the care of SCYAP, these children and youth have a wide variety of needs. A general donation can be used to help meet these individualized needs. For example, some children come to us with no clothing. We can use donated funds to help make sure they at least have pajamas and a change of clothing for school. We have also used general donations in the past to help purchase specialized items. Some of our children need customized car seats, strollers, cribs, and other equipment because of medical conditions. General donations have also allowed us to help purchase school uniforms for children who need to go to a special school to help with their medical or mental health issues. These are just some of the examples of the many ways a general donation can help SCYAP care for our special foster children.
This program was developed because so many of our children come to us with few belongings of their own. Precious Cargo allows us to have a duffle bag available to give to each child that comes into our care. The bags are filled with basic hygiene items, school supplies, a stuffed animal and a blanket. The bags are prepared based on three age group categories: birth- 2 years; 3-11 years; 12 years and up.
Summer Camp/Recreational Activities
The generosity of donors has allowed our foster children to participate in a variety of summer camps and recreational activities over the years. The benefits of this program are numerous. They range from physical, artistic and mental development to emotional and social development. Summer camps emphasize good health, problem-solving skills, teamwork and learning to get along well with other young people and adults. Summer activities allow our foster children to develop a sense of belonging, learning, cooperating and contributing within a relaxed and supportive environment. For many of them, this is the first time they have had the opportunity to participate in such an activity. The generosity of our donors has made it possible for them to take part in a wide variety of activities over the years.