Pritzker Challenge

IMG_5767-86The Pritzker Foster Care Initiative has generously agreed to match up to $20,000 of funds raised at Dance Marathon 2016. This is the second year Pritzker has provided a matching grant!

Dance Marathon (DM)  is a yearly event that supports the Guardian Scholars Program at UCR. Guardian Scholars provides the gift of education to former foster youth. Since 2012, Dance Marathon has raised over $140,000 for students at UC Riverside.


70% of teens who emancipate from foster care report that they want to attend college, but less than 1% graduate from a 4-year university.

  • Within 18 months of emancipation 40-50% of foster youth become homeless.
  • Only 46% of former foster youth complete high school (compared to 84% of the general population).
  • Former foster youth are found to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)at 2 times the level of U.S. war veterans.
  • CA accounts for 25% of emancipated foster youth even though the state only accounts for 16% of kids in care as a whole.

The Guardian Scholars program at UC Riverside has been supporting former foster youth since 2008. This program provides a network of resources to students who are “aging out” or “emancipating” from the foster care system to facilitate their successful pursuit of higher education. It draws on the resources, strength and support of the UCR community to provide scholars with a comprehensive college experience and the opportunity to explore and realize their full potential.

To support Dance Marathon and the UCR Guardian Scholars Program, please donate at the fundraising page on Crowdrise.