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Foundation Youth Initiative (FYI) was established in 2019 to expand our reach to Highwood children who rely on the Park District of Highland Park for enrichment activities. Learn-to-Swim, our inaugural FYI program, was launched to fund free introductory swim lessons for low-income families and now serves dozens of kids annually. Additional scholarships fund camp tuition for local youngsters in need. The Foundation partners with the Nuestro Center and the Highland Park Community Foundation in funding and administering FYI.

FYI Grant-in-Aid is available to qualifying Highwood families and can help cover up to 50% of program fees. The FYI Learn-to-Swim programs are also available for qualifying Highwood families and cover 100% of the fees.

“There is nothing that gives a parent more satisfaction than seeing their children grow and providing them with opportunities to develop new skills. For parents who do not have the necessary financial resources, access to programs that give their children that opportunity to grow could be a desire that is unlikely to be fulfilled. The Learn to Swim Program allowed students from District 112, Highwood residents to enroll in swim lessons. These children not just learned how to develop a new skill; they also learned how to socialize.”  – District 112 Engagement Specialist

For more information and to apply for an FYI scholarship, please call 847.579.3101 or email scholarships@pdhp.org.

Applications for the FYI Learn-to-Swim programs are taken by the Nuestro Center, 847-681-0208.

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