Bringing the power of education, arts and culture to youth and their families in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

At The Care Center, we start with the bold assumption that people of means and people in poverty need the same things. As in the best college preparatory schools in the country, we do whatever it takes to see that our students succeed.

Since opening its doors in 1986, The Care Center has worked with thousands of teen mothers and their families as the women continue their education and move toward greater self-awareness and economic stability. We have designed a comprehensive program in which teen mothers not only pass the GED exam, but also go on to college. We accomplish this with a powerful combination of arts, humanities, athletics, high expectations, and persistent convincing messages about the importance of education, particularly higher education.

Class sizes are small, and the student-teacher ratio is low, allowing for substantive connections between adults and young people. The arts bring forth unimagined possibilities, and the athletic component becomes a hands-on lab that illustrates the lessons of physics and mathematics. Our expectations are high and our support of students is exceptional.

For more than two decades, The Care Center's Teen Resource Project has been a free after-school youth development and teen pregnancy prevention program for Holyoke middle and high school students at risk of dropping out. The program combines tutoring, literacy, arts and community involvement to create an exciting and intellectually rich place for teens to explore and understand their world.

Our Clemente Course in the Humanities is open to all low-income women in the community. Enrolling students from age 18 to 68, the Clemente Course offers two semesters of college-credit bearing classes in art history, philosophy, literature, writing, and American history. All at no charge to students.

You can help! The Care Center relies on people like you to make our programs exceptional, and to have a real, meaningful impact that goes beyond the acquisition of a GED.

More than 100 people benefit from our programs every day.

Your gift today of any amount will help us continue to empower youth and their families in Holyoke.

Here are some funds that could really use your support! Please click the "Dedicate" link when you make your gift to designate to a specific fund. Gifts that are not designated will support all of our programs.

Your gift of any amount will directly benefit our students!

Book Fund, $10,000

The Care Center supplies all books and materials for our GED courses, our college-credit bearing courses (Introduction to Humanities and Clemente Course in the Humanities), as well as a steady stream of fiction and non-fiction books for our writing, peotry, and English courses.

Field Trip Fund, $15,000
Our GED students do not have many opportunities to explore the rich resources of our region and beyond -- art museums, historic sites, natural resources, performances. Support our Field Trip Fund and let these students explore the world!

Art Fund: $10,000
Help us ensure that our art room has enough supplies and materials for the rest of the year. Students have been working on a luminaria that will be part of the Holyoke Winter Festival, our photography courses will continue, and a new electives that integrate math, science and art are on the horizon.

Rowing: $15,000
A cornerstone of our athletics program, Rowing Strong, Rowing Together offers teen mothers across the region the opportunity to participate in a sport typically associated with elite schools. Our rowers gain self-confidence, physical strength, an understanding of the power of team work, and so much more.

Technology: $10,000
You are online right now reading this and getting ready to make a gift. We need to provide our students with the most current technology in our computer lab so that they can be competitive in the digital economy. Your gift to the Technology Fund will support our expanding technology curriculum, and help us keep our equipment up to date.

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