For 13 years, after school and in the summer, FAN has provided a safe place for DC foster youth (ages 8-18) to engage in mentoring, academic and enrichment activities, and community service Ė but most importantly, to experience the consistent care of loving adults. Today, the after-school program takes place at FANís new Youth Peer Operated Center, alongside ongoing support programs for alumni and other young adults, parents, and caregivers. A drop-in center (staffed by certified youth peer specialists), mental health workshops, parenting classes, targeted case management, referrals, and more, encourage success in work, college, and life Ė all within a supportive, caring community. Over 85% of FANís participants graduate from high school or obtain their GED, compared with 42% of foster youth citywide. Want to have a deep impact where itís needed most? This is the place.
Along with all other programming, FAN has shifted to virtual programming with kits that include materials, instructions, and tablets for all participants. In addition to weekly check-ins with families, staff provide direct service in the form of meal delivery as well as payment for Lyft and Uber transportation to and from work, school, food shopping, etc.