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The Pew Charitable Trusts grants $194,000 to support children’s education services!

The Pew Charitable Trusts has awarded a three-year grant of $194,000 to support children's education services at Women Against Abuse (WAA) residential programs!

The grant will fund academic programs -- including WAA's After-School Program and Young Survivors Summer Camp -- for children and youth who have had to flee their homes to escape from domestic violence. Many of these boys and girls struggle to adapt as they leave the familiar and encounter new schools and neighborhoods.

WAA's After-School Program and Summer Camp offer these children a safe, stable and supportive place to learn and grow. The After-School Program has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing children's homework completion, building literacy and computer skills, and reducing negative behaviors.

Children make up one-half of WAA's shelter population and 60% of Sojourner House residents. WAA's children's services play a critical role in helping children and youth adjust and heal after exposure to domestic violence, which may increase a child's risk of experiencing abuse in adolescence and adulthood.

"This award means so much for the boys and girls we work with," said Arlene Malcolm-Bell, WAA's Children's Education Services Manager. "These children and teenagers are experiencing a difficult time of upheaval, but with a stable, supportive environment, we are seeing amazing progress in terms of their overall well-being!"

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