Summer Learning Your Way

Dolores in ArgentinaTo succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.

Unfortunately, some youth face anything but idyllic summer months. When the school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities.

More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.   — National Summer Learning Association

Summertime is a crossroads for students, and an ideal time for personal growth.  Without proper opportunities however, summer all too often becomes a period of stagnation or backsliding.  Farther Foundation is a charitable organization providing scholarships to low-income students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences.

Our scholarship application deadline is March 31st and the applications have been pouring in. There is a whole world waiting for eager students to discover and a wide variety of programs to take them there. Here are a few examples of programs that our applicants are exploring:

Community Service and Spanish Immersion in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (The Road Less Traveled): Includes community service projects in a small Andean community, practicing and improving Spanish, exploring Quito and the Otavalo Market, whitewater rafting and hiking to hidden waterfalls in the Amazon Rainforest.

Mini Medical School (University of Rochester): This rigorous program offers research labs, rotations, and service learning at local clinics. Students will have hands-on exposure to the clinical, community service, and public health aspects of medicine, providing a real taste of the medical school experience.

Exploring Israel while working and interacting with people with special needs (Yachad): Yad B’Yad is a uniquely inclusive touring program that takes mainstream high school students together with young adults with special needs on a tour of Israel.

The Farther Foundation website maintains a searchable directory of educational travel programs designed to help students make the most of their summer.

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.

Go Farther!


About gofarther

David is the founder and director of Farther Foundation,a charitable scholarship organization. Farther Foundation enables students from economically disadvantaged circumstances to explore interests, expand horizons, gain inspiration and elevate aspirations for leadership and success. We do this by providing scholarships and support for students to participate in educational travel experiences that are significant and potentially life changing.
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