Where do the children of Ashley Strickland’s
Children Corporation (ASCC) come from?
The majority of children are from the greater Nashville area. The children in our program are living in
licensed group homes, private foster homes and may be referred through the Department of Children's Services,
the Juvenile Courts or private therapeutic foster care agencies. The children in our independent living
programs are referred at the State DCS level and may be from anywhere in the State of Tennessee, but most
are from the greater Nashville area. These children have suffered significant abuse, neglect and rejection.
They have endured hurt and disappointment far too many times in their young lives. Removed from their homes,
some have lived in as many as 30 failed placements and most are wards of the State. They are afraid, and their
fear is disguised in hatred. The adults in their lives have proven untrustworthy and, as a result, these children
have behavior that is difficult to manage. They protect themselves by pushing people away – until they learn new
behaviors at Ashley Strickland’s Children Corporation (ASCC).
What is Ashley Strickland’s Children Corporation (ASCC)?
ASCC is a community based non-profit organization. All of our services are provided in group homes, private
foster homes, in schools and in neighborhood community centers. ASCC provides youth between the ages of 16-19,
with educational skills for independent living to help get their lives on track and learn all the things that
responsible parents teach their children so they can have a real chance to become productive members of the community.
By teaching and giving these youth the basic living skills, we are changing one life at a time and strive to
reduce the number of children entering the foster care system and create a positive impact in the community in
which we live.
Who funds Ashley Strickland’s Children
The Community and people is the lifeline of ASCC. Every year the government cuts back on their funding. In 2009,
35% must come from people like you who care about helping victimized kids heal and become good citizens.
to heal these angry and hurt youth and to help these youth learn how, most positively and effectively,
to play the hand that they were dealt in life. Every dollar matters and impacts the lives of the youth we serve.
When youth are given the opportunity to be taught the basic independent living skills, it gives them the tools to
enter into the real world and become successful adults. These youth will have the chance to achieve their full
Your gift provides them with this chance.
, mentors and donors together with ASCC staff,
play a crucial role in reclaiming young lives, as each youth is able to blossom into a happy, secure, and
Examples of our funding include:
State and Federal Grants
Special events and fundraisers
Congregations, civic organizations
Public and private foundations
Individuals and corporations
Where will my donation go?
Your donation will change lives. These youth are at a point in their lives that for many this is a last
chance to be given the tools to succeed independently; your donation can tip the balance and put them on a
new path – a path toward a good outcome. Contributions may be assigned according to your preference. There
is a funding gap – a need – in every program.
Your donation is actually an investment into the youths we serve. The independent living skills we teach in our
9 fundamental programs, reduces the negative outcome and negative impact on the community; if they otherwise never
became educated on skills such as housing and money management, career planning and educational goals, work life,
communication skills, transportation, and social relationships. Through study and statistical information given
by several agencies such as National Housing Institute, millions are saved through each youth diverted from a life
of crime or destitution. ASCC demonstrates a return of these youth to give back to the community and reduce the
cycle of neglect, abuse, unemployment and unplanned parenting through education.
to make a much needed donation.
What happens to older children?
At age 16, youth in the State system may be referred to an independent living or transitional living program.
These youth will no longer receive assistance after the age of 19 and many lack the skills and training in the
areas of finance, employment, household management, social adjustment and responsible citizenship. ASCC emphasizes
on completing educational goals and job skills training through the 9 programs we offer on an accelerated pace
which is closely monitored to ensure mastery of each skill. If these youth do not receive the necessary basic
living skills education before they age out, 6 out of 10 end up homeless, incarcerated, on welfare or never
complete high school. Over 25,000 teens leave the foster care system nationwide each year and struggle to
stay employed and safely housed.
What kinds of community services does
Ashley’s Children offer?
ASCC works with the community and businesses to incorporate our teens into the real world. We involve our youth with
volunteer organizations such as Hands-On-Nashville, Meals-On-Wheels and other events or organizations to give back to
the community that is helping them receive the tools they need to be successful.
ASCC encourages our youth to get involved with other organizations that support the same focus, and have them
participate in schools and neighborhood community centers to become mentors to those who have not yet reached the
survival skills that our youth have completed.
How can I volunteer?
ASCC provides many opportunities for groups and individuals to