“The children were in awe.” “Another child wanted to know when the next enrichment event would be so she could go.” “My favorite part was seeing the children’s faces intently watching the show.”
Once a year NAC hosts an event for about 20 youth in foster care called an Enrichment Event. These quotes illustrate a few reasons why we have worked with our partners in child welfare to organize these events. Over the years, we have noticed that many times the youth in care miss out on special days or trips that other children would usually experience with parents or extended family. Our goal for Enrichment Events is to make these children feel extra special, while exposing them to an experience they may not have access to otherwise.
This year’s event started out with lunch at Hard Rock Café in Philadelphia. The youth loved looking at memorabilia and chatting with friends while they had lunch. We then walked to the Walnut Street Theater to see Sister Act on stage. The kids laughed and enjoyed the show. All the kids agreed it was a great show!
The need for these types of outings is so great for many reasons. For example, none of the youths had been to a professional theater production before! More importantly, these youth need and deserve a fun day that is just focused on them. A day when we aren’t talking about foster care or adoption. The day is spent only focused on having fun and taking in an experience together. It was a great day had by all, and personally I feel blessed to be able to be a part of it!