Micro-Cash Grant Project
Responding to COVID-19 With Micro-Cash Grants: Data Analysis & Advocacy
Youth in foster care and those who have aged out of foster care are uniquely vulnerable to experience adverse outcomes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the widespread need reported by this population, Think of Us, a nonprofit, systems-change firm focused on transforming child welfare and dedicated to leveraging the lived experience of people with foster care experiences, launched the Micro-Cash Grant Project. Think of Us disbursed $550,000 in micro-grants, ranging between $500 and $1000 to current and former foster youth (age 14 to 29) who spent at least one day in foster care after their 14th birthday. Due to the extraordinary response in Round 1 of the initiative, with 27,000 applications received, The Field Center provided pro bono support and mentorship around analysis and interpretation of the data received through the application process. Through their partnership with the Field Center, Think of Us will be uniquely positioned to advocate for how best to direct public and private resources for youth in and aged out of foster care.
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