After a two-year pause on the program due to the impact of Covid-19, the Youth-Canine Program at Warren Central High School restarted this week, thanks to a $40,000 grant from Cummins through its Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity (CARE) program.
The program pairs at-risk high school students with adoptable dogs from Indianapolis Animals Care Services where students train them in basic skill like sit, stay, and touch. The impact is two-fold on both humans and dogs.
“I am so excited to be able to provide this opportunity for our struggling students and for the dogs who want nothing more than to live in a loving home,” said Spanish teacher Roberta Kuonen of Warren Central High School, who also helps facilitate the Paws & Think program at the school.
The grant will also expand our two other Youth-Canine programs in Hamilton County and at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center.
To read more about the Youth-Canine Program at Warren Central and our partnership with Cummins Advocating for Race Equality (CARE) program, check out the press release HERE.