Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fund For Girls: A Musical Summer

Maya and her "big sisters" at Usdan.

Hispanic girls continue to have the highest high-school drop out rate of any ethnic group in the U.S. To address this national problem, for the past 24 years the Children’s Scholarship Fund For Girls (CSFG) has provided tuition and educational support services for disadvantaged Hispanic girls to attend private primary and secondary schools while living at home. All of our scholarship recipients have successfully graduated from college.

Summer is an exciting time for many of our scholarship recipients, as they have the opportunity to attend Usdan, one of the premier centers for summer programs in the creative and performing arts. Now in its 48th year, Usdan is situated on a magnificent 200 acres of woodland on Long Island. Over the past 7 years Usdan has awarded the CSFG more than $70,000 in scholarships to support  Hispanic girls to enjoy a summer in artistic endeavors. At Usdan, our girls develop a passion for music, the performing arts, painting and sculpture. All of our students have embraced the Usdan philosophy, “lose yourself for a summer, and find yourself for a lifetime”.

Our work with educating Haitian girls continues, and this year we supported more children at the Foni Bo school than ever before. To learn more about the CSFG programs for disadvantaged Hispanic girls and for children in Gros Morne, Haiti please contact Kathleen Crane at :fundforgirls2@gmail.com.

Lena, second from right, and her clarinet ensemble.