Connected youth flourish.

We weave resources and relationships together so all youth flourish.

So many of our youth are burdened by economic and educational barriers. We provide community and opportunity to support their development and success, in high school and beyond.

32

Columbia residents living in poverty have less than a high school degree

86

Homeless youth who experience trauma

200

Students reported homeless annually by Columbia Public Schools

The Flourish Initiative enhances the lives of under-resourced youth in our community

We want to see youth become their best selves and lead their best lives. Flourish provides a safe and healthy home environment, supportive relationships and development opportunities for students at Douglass High School. Our hope is to support all aspects of well-being so our youth who experience major barriers can move from surviving to thriving.

Housing

The Flourish Home brings hope, safety, stability and compassionate care.

Internships

Flourish provides internship opportunities through Veterans United Home Loans. These internships take place in the summer after the students’ Junior and Senior years in high school.

Mentoring

All youth deserve an advocate who sees their uniqueness and helps them shine.

$AVES: College & Career Savings

A graduate with savings is more likely to succeed.

Emergency & Basic Needs Support

Safety, food, and shelter are the building blocks of flourishing youth.

Scholarships

Flourish scholarships for students of color are funded in partnership with Veterans United Home Loans and the Veterans United Foundation.

Get Involved

Be a part of fostering life-changing opportunities by volunteering your time with Flourish. With students at Douglass High School, we are weaving resources, relationships, strengths, and best practices together, so all youth flourish. Contact the Flourish team to learn about specific needs and how you can get involved.

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