Club CAKE (Connecting Adolescents with Knowledge & Enrichment) Launch
UpSpring (formerly Faces Without Places, in partnership with Project Connect, a Cincinnati Public School program) empowers children experiencing homelessness by providing opportunities for education and enrichment. The Impact 100 grant allowed the Club CAKE pilot program to be continued for 2 years in full capacity, in partnership with Lighthouse Youth Services.
Upspring (formerly Faces Without Places) and Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center collaborated to create Club CAKE (Connecting Adolescents with Knowledge & Enrichment) to fill hours after school with programming. A pilot of Club CAKE was begun in February 2005. Programs included writing groups, ceramic classes, unique art projects and education about rights and laws that affect them.
The Impact 100 grant allowed this pilot program to be continued for 2 years in full capacity. Programs included were in the areas of Creativity, Education and Social Health. Youth at Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center were required to participate and encouraged to return even after leaving the Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center Shelter.
The receipt of the Impact 100 grant allowed the partnership to collect data for 2 years showing the impact of the program on the youth served by Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center. With that information, both partners will be able to raise appropriate funding to continue the program beyond the initial 2 years.