The Junior League of Long Island recently presented EAC Network’s Chance to Advance program with a $1,750 grant to support a new endeavor. Demishia Owens, M.S., CASAC-T, Program Director of Chance to Advance, was there to receive the check, from Loretta Hahn, Finance Director and Tracy Pfaff, President Elect, both of The Junior League of Long Island along with Alexandra Newton, Youth Coordinator II/Case Manager II of Chance to Advance and Tania Peterson Chandler, VP of Operations of EAC Network.
Chance to Advance works to reduce risk factors for youth in foster care by providing life skills and enrichment opportunities through one-on-one mentoring and group activities. All children, regardless of where they are raised, deserve a chance to succeed, and so Chance to Advance strives to provide youth with the same opportunities as everyone else.
The grant will help Chance to Advance start a leadership project allowing for youth in the program to develop, practice, and perfect leadership skills. The project will not only allow development of skills, like social, communication, and problem solving, but will also address a community issue: often, youth in foster care are not properly equipped with leadership skills when entering the workforce or secondary schools. This project will make Chance to Advance youth more well-rounded candidates, more confident, and subsequently more productive citizens in our community.
“The Junior League of Long Island is so pleased to partner with EAC Network to support their Chance to Advance program,” said Tracy Pfaff, President Elect of The Junior League of Long Island. “We received many applications for very worthy projects this year, but we were very impressed with EAC Network’s focus on using mentorship to teach youth practical life and leadership skills.”
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About EAC Network
EAC Network (www.eac-network.org) is a not-for-profit social service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 70,000 individuals across Long Island and NYC. EAC Network’s mission is to respond to human needs with programs and services that protect children, promote healthy families and communities, help seniors, and empower individuals to take control of their lives. The organization has grown tremendously since its inception in 1969 and now offers over 70 diverse programs that address many of society’s core problems. People’s lives are being destroyed by addiction, families continue to struggle to overcome poverty, abuse, and neglect, and seniors face isolation and abandonment. EAC Network aims to build a better community one individual at a time.
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