In 2015, YDO received a grant from the Cummings Foundation that would fundamentally change our organization by making possible the acquisition of First Choice Transit, which brought three 11-passenger vans, two experienced 7D drivers, and invaluable operational expertise in house for the first time. Over the past three years, YDO vans have been very visible moving our students to and from programs in and outside of Lawrence. We have also worked with several other nonprofits in the city like Elevated Thought, Groundwork Lawrence, and Communities Together to help meet their transportation needs for youth programming. The impact of that Cummings Foundation investment in YDO has been markedly deep and far-reaching!
Today, we are incredibly proud to announce that we are back on the list of $100k for 100 winners!!! This grant will support YDO's newest program, Postsecondary Pathways, to provide our growing numbers of high school students with personalized pathways to access and complete postsecondary education through individually tailored guidance, resources, and networking.
A complete list of Cummings Foundation grantees can be found here. The Foundation was unusually generous to Lawrence this year, awarding nine grant within the City.
Our Tuesday students who were lucky enough to be at YDO when we received the news!