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The purpose of the #areuin? card program is to streamline the eligibility process for obtaining scholarships and discounts for programs offered to students in youth sports and other related activities. By using the Free & Reduced Lunch program eligibility criteria, as well as validated referrals by school staff as financial income eligibility for this program, the need for program partners to verify income for each applicant is eliminated.
This program was started to give our region’s students access to other programs, services and goods that they might typically not have access to due to financial constraints. The program partners with local organizations to offer free or significantly reduced memberships, services and/or goods to these vetted students.
The desired outcome is to have this group of students feel as though they have the same opportunity as their peers with financial means, without having to experience the stigma of going through the red tape to be eligible for the programs and services our partners offer. Streamlining the verification process is important as it reduces the stigma and social barriers to accessing a number of programs such as sports, arts and other community initiatives.