Why we do what we do

Farther Foundation’s annual event, StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation, is coming up on Thursday, October 6. You can learn more about the event and get tickets here. But sometimes amidst all the excitement and promotion of the event we forget to talk about why we do what we do.

Here is an example.

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Cherese earned a scholarship from Farther Foundation in 2010, the summer after her freshman year of high school. She had the opportunity to join a program with a group of other students from isolated and low-income communities where they would spend days living and working on a tall sailing ship. The program provided opportunities for self-exploration, team building and leadership training. As you can see from the photo (our apologies to Cherese) the days could be draining.

But providing opportunities to take on the challenges of new environments and experiences is what Farther Foundation is all about. Our students become inspired by what the world has to offer, they gain the confidence to succeed in new and diverse situations and they have the determination to reach their highest potential.

We just heard from Cherese a couple of weeks ago. It’s been six years since she got off that sail boat. Cherese let us know that she went on to graduate from Simeon Career Academy High School as Valedictorian and won a Gates Millennium Scholarship. She then enrolled at Millikin University where she is now a senior with a chemistry research major. She spent the past summer finishing her research with the American Chemical Society while also helping to teach STEM subjects to high school students. In addition, Cherese is the vice president of her sorority, the president of the Multicultural Student Council, the vice president for the Multicultural Greek Council and a mentor to first year students.

Cherese has proven to be exceptional, but not altogether atypical for a Farther Foundation student. There are exceptional students everywhere who lack only the opportunities and resources to inform and elevate their aspirations and give them the confidence and inspiration to reach their highest potential.

You can help. Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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A College Experience – Go Farther

You can help. Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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Summer Learning Matters

National Summer Learning Day is Thursday, July 14. According to the National Summer Learning Association:

SLD-logo-500px“Summer learning loss, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. For many young people, the summer “opportunity gap” contributes to gaps in achievement, employment and college and career success.”

Farther Foundation provides resources and opportunities for students from low-income families to participate in educational travel programs across the country and around the world.

Right now, with the aid of Farther Foundation scholarships, 27 students are fanned out across the globe. Christopher is in Tanzania exploring the natural environment and learning about the native culture. Gabriella is providing community service in India. Enrique is studying with top students at Princeton, and Adrian attends a pre-college law program at Brown University.

The students we work with do not lack intelligence, ambition or motivation. What they lack are opportunities and resources. Given the opportunities, Farther Foundation students are achieving academically at far greater rates than their peers, and they are coming home to be role models and inspirations for their families, friends and classmates.

You can help. Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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Mid-year Report Now Available

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Our Mid-year report is now available.

  • Read about our scholarship class of 2016 with a spotlight on Nora, a student looking to learn how her love of theater can become a stepping stone to a brighter future.
  • Check in with one of our program alumna and her experience at Northeastern University.
  • Save-the-date, 10/6/16, for our annual StorySlam event and discover who will be telling stories this year.

Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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We are the Roses

There was a commercial that aired quite a bit during the NCAA basketball tournament for Powerade. It featured Chicago Bull’s basketball star, Derek Rose and some stark footage from the streets in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. But the most powerful and affecting aspect of the commercial was the use of a section of lyrics written by Tupac Shakur.

“You wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its tenacity. We would all love it’s will to reach the sun. Well, we are the roses – this is the concrete – and these are my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why…ask me how!”

These are the students we serve at Farther Foundation. They have all the intelligence and determination they need to succeed, all they lack are opportunities. Farther Foundation seeks these students out and provides them with the opportunity to participate in unique and life-changing educational travel programs. We are reviewing scholarship applications from more than 50 of these “Roses” right now. Support Farther Foundation and be a part of the change.

Here is the Commercial:

 

Learn about the work and mission of Farther Foundation:

 

 

Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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How’s your NCAA bracket looking?

Football PalacesWhen filling out your college basketball tournament bracket it’s a common mistake to fall too much in love with your hometown or home state college team. The hometown college might have an excellent team, but if you don’t consider all of your options, you could be making the wrong choice.

It’s not so different for a high school student starting to decide where to go to college. There might be some good choices right in town or in state, but the important thing is to determine which school is the best fit for you as a student. What size school are you looking for? What do you want to study? What is the cost and the availability of financial aid? How diverse is the school? What sort of academic support services exist? How is the food, the weather, the social scene? There are hundreds of colleges across the country, and with so many factors to consider in finding the best fit, why confine your search.

Studies have shown that students who travel a bit further away from home for college tend to graduate at a higher rate. Often, the best fit college might be across the country rather than across town. One of the great benefits of participating in a Farther Foundation supported educational travel program during high school is the experience that is gained by being away from home for an extended period of time. The experience raises awareness about opportunities around the country and helps the students and their families become comfortable and confident with being away from home.

What do we see from Farther Foundation students? More than 50% of Farther Foundation students go to college out of state (the national average is 33%). More importantly, more than 90% of Farther Foundation students who enroll in college graduate or remain on track to graduate within four years (graduation rates for similar demographic groups nationally is well under 50%).

The take home lesson in picking your college or filling out your brackets is the same. Consider all of the factors that matter and all of your options and make the smart choice. We hope you are having as much success in your brackets as Farther Foundation students are having in college.

Farther Foundation and the students we serve depend on the tax deductible donations from people like you to make these life changing experiences possible. Visit our website to make a donation online.

Farther Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

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2015 Annual Report Now Available

Annual_Report_Cover_2015Farther Foundation is pleased to offer this report to the public and all the individuals and organizations that supported our students during 2015. In its pages we acknowledge the travel program providers, schools and sponsor organizations that partnered with Farther Foundation to make life-changing experiences possible for eager and deserving students. We also acknowledge all of the donors who have supported our scholarship program during 2015. Their investment in our organization has been effectively and efficiently put to use with more than 90% of every dollar going directly into scholarships and awards. Their investment in our students has been returned many fold in terms of high school graduation, college enrollment and college graduation/persistence. Please enjoy the news, the numbers and the photos is our Annual Report.

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