If You Want to Support: Children and Education
The DC chapter of this national nonprofit focuses on what happens after the last school bell of the day: Its free programming at six underserved middle schools allows nearly 500 District kids take part in the arts; health and fitness; STEM; career exploration; and—to combat the “learning slide” of the pandemic—high-intensity tutoring. $300 can buy: A field trip to a local college for eighth-graders.
According to the 2021 Pell Institute Indicators Report, only 21 percent of low-income, first-in-their-family-to-college students graduate after six years. This Bethesda nonprofit works to improve that number. Starting with high-school sophomores, it provides college counseling and career mentoring; assistance securing financial aid; test prep; mental-health and wellness support; and ongoing help through college. The result? Some 97 percent earn a degree. $500 can buy: Books and supplies for a college scholar.
According to Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College 2018–19 exam results, only one-third of DC students graduate from high school with the writing proficiency to thrive in college. Each fall, OWE teaches 5,000 District students to research and write an essay arguing one side of a social-justice issue that matters to them, as a way to develop their writing, learn to identify credible sources, and think critically. $100 can buy: The One World program...
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