The Federal government's American Recovery Act includes $500,000 in COIVD-19 Recovery Funding for Tuolumne County non-profits and IOOF Sonora applied for and received $15,000 of grant funding to fund 2 important projects.
IOOF Sonora will be facilitating Adulting 101: a series of courses designed to help teens aged 15-18 with skills to prepare them for life after high school. The slate of intended courses includes Kitchen Basics & preparation of a healthy meal, Personal Finance, Basic Car Maintenance, Physical Health & Wellness, Employment Basics, and Building Resilience. Workshop instructors will be experts in their field and have been hand-selected based on their passion for the subject as well as their ability to engage student learners. The number of participants for each course will be determined by the facility and by the reasonability of participant to instructor ratio given the course. First priority will be given to teens exiting the foster care system and remaining seats will be offered via registration on a first come, first serve basis.
Should Sonora High school be successful at finding a venue for its 2022 prom, IOOF Sonora will be rolling out the red carpet and once again facilitating its Cuffs & Couture program, which pays for gowns & tuxedo rentals, hair, nails & professional makeup services, a professional photography session, corsages and boutonnieres, and the tickets to prom for a memorable evening for students referred by Sonora High.
IOOF Sonora strongly believes that showing our kids that their community is invested in them builds their connection to the community-- an important factor in emotional health and practicing those "soft skills" needed for healthy relationships with friends, family, employers, and the world at large. Our kids are a great investment; stay tuned for details!