Helping Neighbors: School’s Out For Summer!
The FISH Youth Scholarship Program (Summer) provides partial financial assistance for children’s summer camp sessions. These scholarships are made available, in part, through partnerships with Big Arts, The Captiva Island Yacht Club, The Sanibel Recreation Center and the Children’s Education Center of the Islands, and through the generous donations and grants from private donors, the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Foundation and The Optimist Club.
“Our goal is to help build economic security for families by 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 Kathy Y. Monroe, M.S.G., FISH Program Director. Ongoing summer programs include:
Big Arts Summer Program: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 3 PM; Grades K through 12
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
Again this year, the Captiva Island Yacht Club and its members donated several scholarships to the youth summer sailing camp. This camp introduces youth to the great sport of sailing, beautiful waters and wildlife. Based on need and eligibility, scholarships will be offered to families as determined by FISH social workers Kathy Y. Monroe and Nitza Lopez.
“We understand that families sometimes face economic challenges and must make difficult choices. Our hope is that no child would be deprived of a summer camp opportunity because of this. We don't want any child to miss out on this potentially life-changing opportunity because of cost. All of the generous donations and grants have helped us provide scholarship assistance for families with need. Thank you all for your big-heartedness,” states Nitza Lopez, S.W., Case Manager.
Scholarship assistance is evaluated on a case by case basis. FISH’s youth scholarship program is intended to help provide island youth some assistance to continue to learn and grow. The FISH Social Services Department determines eligibility for need-based financial assistance through a review of a family's income documentation. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the length and cost of the program and the family's income level. Available funding is limited and scholarships will cover only a portion of the tuition cost. To learn more and to see if you qualify, please contact F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP at 239-472-4775.