A Birthday Story On her eighteenth birthday at ten o’clock in the morning, she packed her bag and left the place she called home to begin her adult life. The place was a group foster home. Her bag was a green trash bag. Her adult life was a bare apartment on the other side of … Read more
SIYA is a young nonprofit organization and as such relies on in-kind donations to uphold our mission to meet the individual needs of at-risk young adults. We have several youth who are aging out of foster care and are in immediate need of furniture. SIYA’s Furniture Program is a very important and vital part of … Read more
Watch the WINK News report about SIYA community young adult, Jason York, receiving a computer from Florida Gulf Coast University through the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. Shown is a digital drawing that York created based on the SIYA logo of a lotus flower. Across cultures, the lotus flower is used to inspire people to … Read more
On Sunday, January 29, SIYA held its first fundraising event to introduce the nonprofit to the wider Lee County Community. It was a great success exceeding our fundraising goal, raising $1,500 and having a mini-van donated so that a program can be developed for young adults to be able to get their driver’s license. Most … Read more
Helping foster children transition to real life when they get too old for the care system was the goal Sunday of a fundraiser by Supporting Independent Young Adults. Jane Bell, co-founder of the nonprofit SIYA, said the event at the Paseo Village Center was designed to help the organization eventually build a model transitional living … Read more
It is with great honor and gratitude to announce that the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida is the Presenting Sponsor for our SIYA fundraising event on Sunday January 29th. A heartfelt thank you to the Children’s Network and all our sponsors: The Sievert Chiropractic and Medical Clinic, China Garden Restaurant, Ms Linda Rand, Jevon Kearse … Read more
We are seeking volunteers for our upcoming event on January 29th. Volunteers will be selling raffle tickets as well as staff the raffle table, silent auction area and welcome table. If you are interested, please call 239.206.3294 or email us. We’d love to have you volunteer!
Supporting Independent Young Adults (SIYA) has helped over 70 at-risk young adults since its 2010 incorporation. Now, we are are ready to host our inaugural introductory and fundraising event. Date: January 29, 2012 Time: 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Venue: Paseo Fort Myers Cost: $10 entry donation Attire: Casual Appetizers will be served in appreciation of your attendance … Read more
The Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers South recently held its installation ban- quet for the club’s 2011-2012 officers at Whiskey Creek Country Club. Awards were also given to club members for their support in service to the community. Read the rest of the story on Page 11.
In The News. A Rough Ride Into Adulthood SIYA plans to start raising money to create transitional housing for former foster children. In the absence of a family, young people need a supportive community, Bell said. “You create programs for these young adults, but when the day is over, the doors are locked,” she said. … Read more