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.

Upcoming Events & Saturday Sessions

April 27 — Mentor Dinner at The Palm

May 9 — Mentor Training at George Washington University

June 6–7 — Style & Substance Days at Macy’s Pentagon City
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 13 — Culture, Close Up: Art for the Young Professional at The Phillips Collection
A private tour of the museum’s world-class permanent collection and discussion of art’s role in society.

June 20 —  Stand & Deliver: A Public Speaking Primer with Toastmasters
Learn to communicate your story effectively and make your point with confidence and competence.

July 23  — Ka-Ching: Learn to Earn and Make the Most of Your Money with 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 25 — RESUMANIA: Get Noticed, Get the Job
Our capstone resumé-writing and professional skills workshop. 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.