b'EDUCATION,empowers and enlightensE ducation is a life-changing gift, whether its attending college and completing a degree or mastering a new skill.182And its the cornerstone of The Friendship Club, open to sixth-through 12th grade girls. From youth learning more about themselves and others to life-skills training such as cooking, ourafter-school organization is deeply devoted to education. meetingsEducation is the key that opens many doors, including to friendship, happiness and, hopefully, a lifetime of success.50 Tours & scholarships So, The Friendship Club encourages and supports however necessary when it comes to school.Now, as most adults know, school is just part of lifes manyfield trips to help youth achieve lessons. The Friendship Club has developed numerous learningevery year after high school.opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. For example, our summer camps, which are about learningOur girls attend summer camp new skills and working together. For many of our girls, traditionalwhere they learn life skills, summer campalmost a rite of passage for youthis out ofteamwork and about nature.reach due to the cost for their families. The Friendship Club makes it accessible, easy and fun.Its just one of the many ways our staff and volunteers work closely with youth to build a solid foundation for life afterhigh school:Summer camps and workshopsDozens of classes to learn valuable life skillsIntroduced to careers from those in the professionsAssisting with loans, scholarships to higher education and trade schoolsClasses on drug and alcohol prevention, positive relationships and sexual violence prevention95% of ourgraduatescontinue their educationafter high school.6 2 0 2 0 C O M M U N I T Y R E P O R T | T H E F R I E N D S H I P C L U B'