8306 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (323) 302-0412
The Coalition for At Risk Youth (CARRY) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of foster and at-risk youth suffering from debilitating skin disorders and physical illnesses. Once foster youth are enrolled in our pro bono medical programs, CARRY offers a myriad of non-medical services including financial assistance and resources for education, mentoring, and self-improvement.
CARRY was founded by Dr. Pearl E. Grimes, a dermatologist, and is comprised of motivated leaders in the Los Angeles area, including physicians, corporate leaders, attorneys, social service advocates, educators and entertainers.
CARRY serves as the only nonprofit organization addressing the painful skin issues of foster youth. CARRY seeks to raise the awareness of this overlooked and underserved group of children. Quality of life measurements show that chronic skin disorders adversely compromise the well-being of children. Although not life-threatening, these disorders are visible to others and in turn make children more susceptible to social problems, lack of self-confidence, embarrassment and poor self-esteem. Researchers find that children with skin conditions rate their quality of life as poorly as children with other diseases such as epilepsy, kidney disease and asthma.
Dr. Pearl E. Grimes, Director of the Vitiligo and Pigmentation Institute of Southern California, and her team provide pro bono dermatologic care for children from multiple group homes in Los Angeles County. In addition, clinics are held at My Friend’s Place, a homeless shelter, in Los Angeles. Many of the homeless treated at My Friend’s Place are emancipated foster youth.
Despite available healthcare for foster youth via the Department of Children & Family Services, many children with skin disorders and physical illnesses still go untreated. The medical needs of foster youth are being met through CARRY’s affiliation with HealthCare Partners, one of the most outstanding and comprehensive medical organizations in California. A team of physicians, led by Dr. Robert Blackman, provides pro bono urgent care medical services for children and emancipated youth from homeless shelters. HealthCare Partners continues medical assistance by assigning a primary care physician to any youth identified with a chronic disorder.
Educational programs are at the forefront of CARRY’s involvement. CARRY has contributed significant financial support to A Place Called Home, an award-winning after-school program for at-risk youth. CARRY donated computer workstations to four foster group homes within the United Care and Los Angeles Youth Network agencies. Scholarships have been awarded to over 50 foster youth attending colleges in the Los Angeles area.
The organization sponsors an annual self-esteem summer camp, Camp CARRY, for at-risk and foster youth. CARRY recently partnered with U.P.A.C. (United Peace Officers Against Crime) in an effort to expand camp opportunities. During camp, children are given the opportunity to enjoy traditional camp activities, while receiving self-esteem counseling and treatment for skin disorders.
CARRY provides a major glimmer of hope and promise for a better future for disenfranchised youth.
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