Santa Maria Community Services is pleased to announce it has been awarded a five-year grant totaling $150,000 from The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation toward its Building Youth Assets in Price Hill program. The Building Youth Assets Program helps youth develop social and emotional competencies through a combination of structured group facilitation and consistent family advocacy.
The program targets high-risk youth ages 10-16 from the Lower Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati. In addition to the program’s focus on youth, a large component of the program will focus on their families, specifically parents and guardians. A strong family focus will help identify factors affecting family stability, including but not limited to barriers to education, mental and physical health, financial stability, and basic needs. Once these factors are identified, Santa Maria Community Services will be able to assist families with obtaining services addressing these barriers.
The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation focuses on the education, health, cultural experience, and social welfare of disabled children, adolescents, young adults (to age 30), and their families. A secondary focus is on disadvantaged children, adolescents, young adults (to age 30), and their families. There is a special interest in programs which help clients realize their full potential.