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Spring 2020 SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy group photo during orientation.
We strive to make our programs accessible to all families, no matter their income level. Most of our programs are free and open to the public. However, our more complex, curriculum-based programs that give our youth participants a deeper dive into developing leadership skills include a program fee to help cover our costs for snacks and program materials. While these fees are essential to creating impactful, high-quality programs, we feel strongly that a family's financial situation should not be a barrier to the positive outcomes a child can gain from our programs and services. That is why we offer fee assistance for families with a demonstrated financial need. We also offer payment plans to any family who requests one.


If you would like to help ensure any family can participate in our programs, consider giving a tax-deductible donation to our Fee Assistance Fund. These funds will be redistributed to cover program fees for families unable to afford the full cost. Thank you for helping make our programs accessible to all!


If you have registered your child for one of our fee-based programs and request fee assistance, please complete our fee assistance form.

If you have questions about fee assistance, contact us at

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