Easterseals received $25,000 for the YouthBuild program from the Charles H. Dater Foundation.
The Charles H. Dater Foundation was founded 1985 to support community programs that enrich the lives of children. It was started by Charles H. Dater, a philanthropic man with strong ties to Greater Cincinnati. The mission of the Dater Foundation is to make grants to non-profit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out projects that benefit children in the areas of arts/culture, education, healthcare, social services and other community needs. According to their website, when making grants, Foundation directors ask, "How many children will feel the impact our grant, and how deep will the impact be?"
Easterseals’ YouthBuild program is a viable solution to a community-wide problem. Cincinnati has one of the highest child-poverty rates in the United States—over twice the national average. Low-income youth struggle academically and often drop out of school, only to face bleak economic and social prospects as a result. YouthBuild helps youth to attain not only their high school diploma, but provides credentialed training, practical experience and placement opportunities in the construction trade, which is one of the most “in-demand,” industries locally. Participants gain hands-on construction experience through the rehabilitation of a dilapidated property, which will then be offered for sale to low-income families. Through YouthBuild, young men and women are able to make a positive impact on their community while building a career for themselves.
Easterseals is grateful to the Dater Foundation for supporting YouthBuild and the incredible opportunities it is providing for individuals.