Within one of the richest counties in the nation some families still live in poverty. FACETS, a partnering organization of Side by Side, works to not only break the cycle of poverty for these families, but also to provide infrastructure to sustain the futures of the next generation. Following the expiration of the Linda's Gateway project, Side by Side will continue to support local families through FACETS' Education and Community Development (ECD) program. ECD comes alongside these families in four communities throughout the country by providing parents the support they need and working one on one with their children to promote well-being and academic success.
The ECD provides a place for these children to receive individual academic and social support after school and in the evening, a period when many parents must remain at work. Mentors teach and encourage healthy relationships and the pursuit of college degrees and careers that suit kids best. Their support has enabled 65% of children to make the Honor Roll at their schools and encourage 100% of graduating seniors to move on to higher forms of education.
Parents can receive services in computer and financial literacy, career development and ESL as well as individualized case management to prevent eviction and find food assistance. Side by Side is excited to partner with FACETS' ECD program to provide assistance and advocacy to families in the Fairfax community that might otherwise go unnoticed.