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.
- 40% of the children at one of our local schools have been assessed as being at risk.
- The County has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in all of Ontario.
- Food insecurity in the County is in the top 5% of the Province.
- High school graduation rates sit at 64% compared to 76% across the rest of Ontario.
High-school Graduation Rates