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The Backpack Challenge Celebrates Educational Achievements for Youth in Foster Care
The Philadelphia Department of Human Services’ Achieving Independence Center will hold a closing ceremony for the Backpack Challenge on August 27th at the Impact Hub.
Thus far, the Backpack Challenge has collected over 2,100 backpacks and $15,000 to support members of the AIC. Sponsors include Wired 96.5, 92.5 XTU, Five Below, Internet Essentials by Comcast, Forman Mills, Everfresh, the International Longshoremen’
“These young people have worked so hard and overcome so many challenges,”
This year, 85 AIC members graduated high school and 65 of those graduates have enrolled in a post-secondary program; 4 of those graduates were also class valedictorians. In total, 124 members will attend their first year of post-secondary school, 24 members enrolled in a vocational program and 10 students graduated from a post-secondary program.
Valley Youth House