Diakon Youth Services’ Flight Program receives $10,000 grant

Boiling Springs, Pa. (Friday July 17, 2015)

Flight Program participants support one another.

The Flight Program, a Diakon service that provides guidance and mentoring for young men who have aged out of traditional county-funded youth services but need continuing support to remain successful in life, has received a $10,000 grant from the Alexander Stewart Foundation.

The grant, in effect from July 1 through June 30, 2016, will support Flight’s service to three Shippensburg-area young adults from Cumberland and Franklin counties. This is the third year the foundation has awarded a grant to Flight and the current award represents a $1,000 increase over last year's grant.

A component of Diakon Youth Services, Flight is based at the Diakon Wilderness Center near Boiling Springs, Pa. A recipient of a regional award for innovative non-profit services, the Flight Program typically has 100% of its participants enrolled in college or trade school or working full-time. Participants also take part in extensive community service activities, including volunteering with orphanages in Haiti.

The Alexander Stewart Foundation was founded in 1981 by Alexander Stewart, M.D. The foundation’s mission is to provide financial support that will empower selected nonprofit organizations that provide significant benefit to their communities. While any organization may be considered, the foundation is particularly dedicated to helping organizations in the Shippensburg area.

For further information, please contact:
William Swanger, M.A., APR
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
(717) 795-0308
E-mail: swangerb@diakon.org