Our goal is to help others by “building brighter futures” through programs which support children, families and education. In the late 1990’s, we began awarding annual higher education scholarships, usually $500 or $1,000 in amount, to deserving high school graduates who in some way are connected to our outreach programs (e.g., participants in the teen programs sponsored by Episcopal Community Services, former teen counselors at our Summer Camp and girls attending Our Little Roses school in Honduras). Given the severe economic hardship these young people face, our scholarships sometimes make the difference between going to, and staying in, college and not. For more information about the scholarship program, please contact Pam Serra at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215‑885‑9626.
Funding Support for Episcopal Community Services
Each year, the Outreach Commission not only provides hands on support for ECS programs, but provides funding support as well. The past 2 years, the Outreach Commission has approved grants of $4,000 to help sustain ECS’ Teens Takin’ Over (TTO) program, an innovative vocational and engagement program for approximately 40 at-risk adolescents in the Philadelphia area who are homeless or otherwise at risk. ECS’ TTO program offers one-on-one career assessments and planning; life and cognitive skill building; visits to colleges and work sites; music and technology training; and opportunities for leadership development.
Thanks to St. Thomas’ support, last year TTO piloted the use of cognitive behavioral skill building in combination with vocational planning, and the results were very promising. In the year ahead, ECS will build on this and other successful program innovations to equip and empower vulnerable young people to make positive choices (eg, staying in school) and successfully transition to become independent adults.
To learn more about how St. Thomas’ works together with ECS to help those in need in our local community, please contact Carl Jameson at email@example.com or 215-646-7762.
In their own words (scholarship recipients)
I grew up in low income housing in a rough neighborhood where finances and troubling peer pressure threatened my life’s progress. But I saw college as a pathway to becoming a professional. The scholarship will help make (me) be what I always wanted to be.
-Khalid (Penn State)
My motivation to go to college was my desire to follow God’s plan for my life and be all that He has called me to be.
-Jonathan (Penn State)
To think what I would have done without the Saint Thomas scholarship is scary. I just thank God that He put me in your path.
Jessica (Lincoln University)