• Maggie Goldsmith

Helping Neighbors: Youth Summer Scholarships Through F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP


The F.I.S.H. Youth Scholarship Program helps FISH parents pay for their child’s educational camp sessions, helping them to continue working when their child is out of school during summer months. FISH works with The Sanibel School as a source to identify families that may apply for a scholarship. “Our goal is to help build economic security for vulnerable families while giving children the opportunity to experience

quality care while their parent works. Summer programs, now more than ever, play a crucial role in the development of school-age children. The structure that these programs provide is invaluable to the family,” states Christine Swiersz, L.C.S.W., FISH Program Director. Ongoing summer programs include:

Big Arts Summer Program:

Monday - Friday 9 AM - 3 PM

Children’s Education Center of the Islands Summer Program:

Monday - Friday 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM; Grades Pre-K

Sanibel Summer Recreation Program:

Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM; Grades 1 through 8

New this year, the Captiva Island Yacht Club and its members donated several one-week scholarships to their youth summer sailing camp to help introduce our island youth to the great sport of sailing, beautiful waters and wildlife. Based on need and eligibility, these scholarships will be offered to families as determined by FISH social workers Christine Swiersz and Jessi Zeigler.

FISH would like to thank Big Arts, Children’s Education Center of the Islands, private donors, Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation, The Optimist Club, The Sanibel Recreation Center and The Captiva Island Yacht Club and its members for their partnerships in helping our island youth succeed.


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