Give to Cultivate Upward Mobility & Stories of Achievement
Education in the US, unlike other developed countries, is fraught with under-resourced schools, and systemic injustice, built-in roadblocks for youth from families with limited financial resources. All Out for Change®, via organizations and students we support with College Access Funds and Supplemental Scholarship Funds, helps break through socio-economic roadblocks along the journey to higher education and upward mobility.
"I just want to make life better for myself while helping my mother and the rest of my family," remarks Delonte in 2017 during his senior year, homeless throughout high school.Now, as a junior in college and a scholarship recipient, he’s pursuing his dream. Paul, the Director of the college prep program Delonte participated in, drives him and others to college out-of-state. It “takes a village” to facilitate Delonte’s success and achievement, and to cultivate his gifts. What a difference we can all make, one student at a time! Contributions, and donated Macs and gift cards allow us to support invaluable programs like Paul’s, and to help ambitious students, like Delonte, pursue their dreams, change their lives and the lives of those around them.
Following Kevin's Achievement, Thanks to an iMac and "the Village"
In April we made an enormous difference in Kevin's life with a IMac. Kevin is among the fortunate few who through us and others, pulling for him, is making it now through the school shutdown: continuing his classes online and his college prep workshops, and searching for colleges and scholarships. He's excelling now as a senior and considering tech related studies at University of Maryland, George Mason University, and Morgan State as a safety. Let’s hope he gets the full scholarship offer he needs! Stay tuned!
His good fortune includes also a mentor who is a program alum, who 10 years ago followed a vocational track, now successful in the IT field, and purchased a home for his family! That’s the upward mobility we’re talking about that “takes a village” to bring their ambition and talent to fruition. It's heartbreaking to imagine what it's like for less-fortunate students in our country.
Kevin's life is a vastly different life from his wealthier peers who not only have access to their classes online, but also have parents receiving pitches daily for online acting classes, music lessons, tutoring, on-line read-alouds, science & technology websites. All Out for Change® provides hope and help to low-income students like Kevin, Taronne, Da-Quon, Janiya and American Indian college scholars faced with potentially tragic consequences due to their limited financial resources and our educational system's failure.
Give to Cultivate Upward Mobility & More Stories of Achievement
Donations will fund College Access programming and provide Supplemental Scholarship Awards to 12th graders to cover the cost of essentials such as: tuition gaps, books, SAT prep courses, college counselors, transportation to school or to visit colleges, college application fees, AP exam fees, laptops, dorm supplies, school supplies.
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Thank You to All Who Made Our 2020 Impact Possible!
MaryAnn, Chief Engagement Officer and Founder]