Bravo Programs of America Builds Success Stories Here in Detroit
We were honored with the opportunity to perform for Bravo Programs 2018 Scholarship Dinner at Zuccaro’s Banquet in Chesterfield Township this month. The dinner provided by Zuccaro’s was outstanding. Without a doubt, some of the very best banquet food we have encountered. Still, the real star was Bravo Programs, a non-profit 501 C 3 charity organization based in Michigan that serves “aged out” foster youth ages 18-24 with scholarships for college or trade schools.
Turning 18 or 21 for your typical American means newfound independence. But for more than 20,000 young adults in this country, it means that it’s time to do something. For many of these youths, the challenges that start in their teen years and early 20’s such as academic failure or unplanned pregnancies continue throughout the rest of their lives.
For the few young adults that leave foster care and make it to college, many challenges await them. Often they cannot afford textbooks, have no place to go over holiday breaks when school closes, and find the college system difficult to navigate. It is BPA’s mission through education to provide a pathway to success and achieve the American dream.
BPA has awarded over $70,000 to twenty-eight students. They are supported by an all-volunteer staff and board. Over ninety-seven cents of every dollar donated goes directly to scholarships. As a result, BPA has received the “Gold Transparency” rating by Guidestar.com
BPA is serious about the mission of educating foster youth through scholarships for community colleges, trade schools and major universities. They believe that young adults are one of America’s most important investments and that education is their way out.