Lenox Non-Profit of the Month: UpSpring
As the region's only non-profit exclusively serving the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness, UpSpring provides these students with the consistency needed to achieve academic success and become well-rounded, active participants in their community. A consistent education breaks the cycle of childhood homelessness and elevates kids, families, and communities.
There are, on average, 8,000 children who experience homelessness in Greater Cincinnati each year, and Kentucky has the worst childhood homelessness rate in the country. The average age of a person experiencing homelessness in the United States is nine years old, and only 25% of students who are experiencing homelessness graduate from high school. In order to help address the staggering rate of childhood homelessness and lack of education, UpSpring provides the following programs:
UpSpring Summer 360°: A seven-week education and enrichment day-camp during which approximately 85% of our campers increase or retain their math and/or reading skills. This program also focuses on boosting the students’ social, emotional, and physical health.
UpSpring After School: A weekly school-based program in Newport Intermediate and shelter-based program at Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center focused on providing connectivity and community amongst the students.
UpSpring Resource Collaborative: An initiative with 75 community partners through which UpSpring provides anything a child experiencing homelessness would need to get to, participate and succeed in school.
Engage and Empower Children:
1. Share and Connect: Sign up to receive our emails and share our social media posts
2. Socialize: Attend our social events and volunteer at our annual fundraiser, UpSpring Break
3. Donate Monetarily: Contribute a monthly or one-time donation
4. Gift In Kind: Sponsor a lunch for students during UpSpring Summer 360° and
donate hygiene kits, school supplies, and winter coats