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YTI Community Connections Awards $4,600 to CASA

YTI presents CASA with award check YTI Community Connections Awards $4600 to CASA

Lancaster, PA (June 25, 2013) - As part of their Community Connections program, the Lancaster campus of YTI Career Institute awarded over $13,000 to three local non-profit organizations at a check presentation on Friday, June 21.

YTI Career Institute in Lancaster seeks to support and engage with the community through their Community Connections program. Grant applications for the 2013/14 fund year were reviewed by a panel of staff and faculty. The top five were presented to the entire campus for a vote. The three non-profit partners selected to receive funds were Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County, Neighborhood Services, and Water Street Ministries.

Jessica Laspino, CASA Executive Director, was delighted to learn of the YTI Career Institute’s decision to help fund CASA’s child advocacy program. "This grant will aid us in recruiting and training volunteers willing to advocate for children who are abused and neglected. It will ensure vulnerable children are provided a CASA Volunteer Advocate who will work tirelessly on behalf of the child’s best interest until a safe and permanent home is facilitated. Reduced time in out of home placement, creating stability and lifelong connections for children have a positive impact on the community as a whole.” stated Ms. Laspino.

After a tour of the YTI Lancaster Campus, Michael Marino, Campus President, addressed the grant recipients and representative YTI personnel. The group was treated to a five course meal in the onsite student-run simulated restaurant. Checks were presented to the non-profit organizations after the lunch.

CASA of Lancaster County provides court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children in the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing and permanent home. CASA programs are predicated on the belief that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right. CASA volunteers fight for that right, they lift up children's voices, they lift up children's lives.

CASA is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

CASA offers many opportunities to be involved in supporting children. Learn more about CASA by attending one of our information sessions on July 9 at noon and 6:00pm. Information sessions are held at the CASA office – 1905 Old Philadelphia Pikc, Lancaster, PA 17602. Additional information is available at, email or call (717)208-3280.

PHOTO CAPTION: CASA accepts $4,600 YTI grant. L to R: Allison Meckley, YTI Director of Student Services; Shareen Gonzalez, YTI Criminal Justice and First Response student; Wanda Stoltzfus, CASA Director of Development and Communications; Jessica Laspino, CASA Executive Director; Ashley Gentzler, YTI Medical Billing and Coding student; David Doyle, YTI Medical Assisting student

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