The following outlines programming costs for current needs as college and scholarship application season ramps up:
$1,250 NEEDED FOR the Paid Professional Development Program; with the 1:1 match $1,250 becomes $2,500. As part of their overall training and summer positions, 11th and 12th graders attend professional development workshops both in DC and the Wyoming ranch that focus on college preparation and the professional skills necessary to find success in school. They are then given the opportunity to practice these skills in internship and job shadow placements in Jackson, Wyoming.
$7,000 Dream Goal with the 1:1 match becomes $14,000 to award 14 scholarship fund applicants $1,000 for laptops, books, tuition, transportation (after meeting the above $1,250 goal). A student could have a full tuition and housing scholarship but no money to cover books. The awarded scholarship funds for laptops go directly to the merchants; awards for tuition and books go directly to the grads' schools. Anything donated above the $1,250 and $7,000 goals goes toward the programming budget and emergency funds for students facing unexpected costs in college.
Even $10 makes a difference… it doubles to $20, a 12th grader’s Lyft ride to and from a college application session.
and we gift a needed pair of winter hiking socks to a student; but don't worry, we won't clutter your inbox!
In Their Words - Senior Aspiration Statements
Your contribution fulfills dreams, gives economic mobility by opening doors to college, meaningful careers with fruitful salaries and economic independence:
“I attend Benjamin Banneker Academic High School and when I graduate I plan on majoring in Psychology at a university that allows me to intern. My number one school is Winston Salem University in North Carolina. After college I hope to become an intern in a program that allows insight into child development and child therapy. I want to go to college to further my education so that I will be career ready. I am most excited about learning the basics and deeper meaning behind developmental and child psychology. I am a woman of my words and determination that is able to achieve my big goals.”
“My goal after college is to be working for a major sports broadcasting company like ESPN or Sports Center. I want to be a sports journalist and have the opportunity to write for one of the companies.”
“My goal after high school is to go to college and study biochemistry to become a clinical pathologist and have the opportunity to study diseases in the human body.”
$1,500 College Application Expenses were Met, Thanks to Fall and Giving Tuesday Donors and the Generous 1:1 Match. With the laptops we provide (thanks to a thoughtful donor) students work on their college search and applications with dedicated support from staff. They receive meaningful and consistent support in the college search, application and essay writing process. Other costs associated with this support, include transportation (Lyft fares to get to the center to use laptops) and application fees.
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MaryAnn, Chief Engagement Officer and Founder
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Your contribution gives economic mobility by opening doors to college, meaningful careers with fruitful salaries and economic independence.