SatSessionsIconThe Sara Start Fund is a micro-grant and mentoring program founded to help the foster youth prepare for professional life in Washington, DC, and beyond. Specifically, we provide a stipend for a professional wardrobe, pair youth with mentors and hold “Saturday Sessions,” workshops that focus on life skills and professional development.

Saturday Sessions make waking up early on the weekend worth it. Our mentees learn from the best and experience a dynamic curriculum.

2014 Events & Saturday Sessions

May 17 — Mentor Training at George Washington University

May 19 — Mentor Dinner at The Palm

June 7–8 — Dress for Success Style Sessions at Macy’s
Our mentors, aided by Macy’s by Appointment, help remove the anxiety of ‘how to dress for work’ with a work wear seminar. Our mentees are then empowered with a clothing stipend to purchase a business wardrobe.

June 14 — Culture, Close up: Guided Tour & Exclusive Art Experience at The Phillips Collection
A private tour of the museum’s world-class permanent collection and discussion of art’s role in society.

June 21 — Test Kitchen: Learning to Shop and Cook on a Budget with Safeway Stores
Move beyond takeout, fast food and Ramen noodles to experience a new aspect of independence through cooking and grocery shopping. Learn the food strategies that yield the most value and how to cook three healthy, fresh and easy meals.

July 24 — Ka-Ching: Learn to Earn & Make Sense of Your Money at the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union
A financial literacy workshop on how to budget, obtain/use credit and manage debt. Focus is on practical issues facing foster youth such as renting an apartment and signing a loan without the availability of a co-signer. (Weekday Workshop)

July 26 — RESUMANIA: Get Noticed, Get the Job at LivingSocial
Our capstone resumé-writing and professional skills workshop held at LivingSocial’s inspirational DC headquarters. Our mentors and mentees arrive ready to discuss their career goals, practice interviewing and learn networking techniques. Mentees leave the workshop with an updated resume and a job search strategy.