Who Benefits from the 21st Century Fund

  • With help from the 21st Century Fund, 15 year old Sue was able to take a cooking class with her foster mother. This experience was invaluable in helping to strengthen their relationship. Sue stated "I didn't like my foster mother very much in the beginning. She knew I liked to cook and she suggested that we take a cooking class together. Spending all that time together in the class brought us closer and now we can't get enough of each other".

  • The 21st Century Fund donated grants to 5 siblings to get school uniforms after their house was destroyed in a fire. Brad, a 5 year old child and one of the siblings impacted, stated "All my clothes burned up in the fire that was in my house. My school gave me and my sisters and brothers new uniforms so we could go back to school right away. My Mommy cried because she said it was a very nice thing for them to do".

  • The intent of the 21st century fund is to provide experiences to help children define their strengths. A grant was approved to assist 8 year old Chris to explore his musical talent and potential by funding guitar lessons. Upon signing up for the lessons, Chris stated "I really liked playing the guitar, but I didn't really know how to play, so my worker signed me up for lessons. I am really good and I hope to be a rock star one day."

  • All children should have the same opportunities to enjoy services or items that build self esteem and support learning and growing. Seventeen year old Jennifer wasn't able to attend the prom due to financial constraints until her school counselor applied for a 21st Century Fund grant. Jennifer said "My parents couldn't afford to send me to the senior prom, so my school counselor applied for a grant from the 21st Century Fund which paid for my tickets. It was really cool."