Farther Foundation read this article from the Chicago Tribune with great interest. It describes the experience that students from Chicago’s impoverished and sometimes dangerous neighborhoods have when they go away to college and then return home for the summer.
While college and being away from the familiarities of home has its own set of challenges and stresses, some students become aware, perhaps for the first time, that their daily lives do not have to be fraught with fear of violence. Consequently, when they return home, they see their surroundings with a different frame of reference.
A large part of what Farther Foundation provides a young person is the opportunity to learn in an environment very different from their earlier life experiences. Sometimes their programs take them to bucolic college campuses free of poverty and violence, and sometimes to third world countries with poverty even more profound than they could imagine.
Our students are terrifically able, ambitious and eager to learn. Like young people from every community, they become who they are both because of, and in spite of the neighborhoods they grow up in. We expect our students to be positive role models and inspirations to others when they return home to their families and communities. We also hope they will be more aware of the broader world and the opportunities that exist beyond the borders of their neighborhoods. We hope their experiences will give them the confidence and the knowledge to forge their own path wherever that path may lead.
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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