The Spokesman-Review: Program That Supports Youth in Foster Care Receives $500,000 from Gates Foundation, Plans to Expand

Treehouse, an organization that pairs youth in the foster care system with supportive coordinators, will expand its services in the new year after the nonprofit received a $500,000 donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The nonprofit, which works in the most densely populated parts of Washington state, plans to expand its program to all school districts in the state by 2022, and the surprise donation will help that expansion become a reality.

Treehouse’s primary program, Graduation Success, pairs education coordinators with foster care youth, referred to the nonprofit from social workers or the foster care system. The goal? To ensure that students in the foster care system graduate at the same rate as their peers.

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