“Running for Solutions to help homeless and poverty level High School students”
Creating a future for at-risk high school students that is so bright, they have to wear sunglasses!
Saturday May 11, 2019
8:00 am race check-in; 9:00 am start time
Sacramento River trail – start/finish at the Sundial Bridge
CUSATF Certified 5k and 10k
Solutions for Youth Fund – Program goals:
To supply the essential day to day needs of homeless students and those at risk of homelessness who are currently enrolled in area High Schools. Too often these students stand out for the wrong reasons (wearing the same clothes every day… unable to participate in the things that other students are doing in athletic, social and academic activities). Additionally, these students face the internal factors of discouragement stemming from not having a place to shower or the pressure of unseemly expectations from those who have offered them a place to stay. Our goal is that through the tangible supply of hygiene items, a prom dress, a winter coat, packages of underwear or paying for a membership at a local gym where they can shower, we can offer them hope and the knowledge that they are not alone as they face these external and internal challenges. We are currently working to supply these needs in concert with 9 High Schools in northern California from Red Bluff to Yreka.
The Solutions for Youth Fund (SYF) was organized and initially funded by Children First Foster Family Agency. We coordinate with High School administration and guidance counselors who identify students, vet their needs for clothing, bus passes, or fees for involvement in extracurricular sports or academic programs. They relay specific requests to SYF administration, we shop for the items and deliver them to the school; keeping the student’s identity confidential.
The 5K-10K run was the idea of Principals from Shasta High School, Foothill High School and Enterprise High School. They are participating in the planning of this event, mobilizing their ASB groups and recruiting parents and students across all three campuses to support and participate in this fundraiser.