These girls don’t look vulnerable, do they?
They are beautiful, yes? They look happy, yes? You might wonder then why we are suggesting that they are vulnerable. Prince Edward County is much like these girls. It is incredibly beautiful, and judging by all the wineries, restaurants, art and music that thrive here, you might think that life on this island is paradise. However, beyond the grapes and the goat cheese, there is a seam of hardship that runs deep. The girls that come to Reaching for Rainbows are caught in that seam. Our program exists to give these girls a ladder to a strong, independent future.
These are the statistics that haunt the County’s vulnerable girls.
- 37% of the children in the County have been assessed as being vulnerable in at least one of five critical developmental domains.
- The County has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in all of Ontario.
- The County sits in the number two position in Ontario for having the greatest number of people who are struggling to put food on the table.
- Out of 70 school districts in the province, the County is parked on the sixth rung from the bottom in terms of the number of students graduating from high school.
High-school Graduation Rates