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Spring 2020 SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy group photo during orientation.

Ensuring inclusivity and accessibility is at the core of goal at the SHIELD Mentor Program. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to participate in our transformative programs, regardless of their financial situation. While many of our programs are free and open to the public, we also offer more comprehensive curriculum-based programs that require a program fee. This fee helps us cover the costs of snacks and program materials, ensuring a rich and impactful experience for our youth participants. However, we understand that financial constraints should never hinder a child's access to our programs. That's why we are proud to offer fee assistance to families with demonstrated financial need, as well as flexible payment plans upon request. Our goal is to empower every child to thrive, regardless of their economic circumstances. Join us in creating a supportive and inclusive community where all children can unlock their full potential.


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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