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A College Experience – Go Farther

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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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Video: Our Students. Our Program. Our Impact

What difference does it make to study abroad, or to make a wilderness expedition, or to study for the summer at a prestigious university?

To an eager and deserving student from a family where opportunities and resources are scarce, it can make all the difference in the world.

Watch this video to learn about Farther Foundation — Our Students. Our Program. and Our Impact.

You too can help provide a life-changing experience for a deserving student. DONATE NOW at www.fartherfoundation.org.

It Makes all the Difference in the World from Farther Foundation on Vimeo.

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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Farther Foundation welcomes new board members

Farther Foundation enthusiastically welcomes two new board members to our organization. Nancy Baker and Bill Kling add a wealth of expertise in education and public policy as well as broad experience in nonprofit organization leadership. We look forward to their contributions to our mission of our organization and the success of the students and families we serve.

Nancy Baker

Nancy_BakerFor the past ten years, Nancy’s personal and professional focus has been helping underserved youth gain access to their best-fit college.  She is formerly the Program Director of Evanston Scholars and College Counselor for LINK Unlimited, Chicago’s oldest African American scholarship organization. In addition, she provides college access programming and counseling services to several community-based organizations, including College Bound Opportunities and Chicago Scholars.

Nancy has a broad scope of professional experience, including eight years as a high school English instructor, and an additional twelve years as a marketing professional.  She has served as Corporate Communications Editor for KPMG, Marketing Manager for Arthur Andersen’s world headquarters, Ethnic Promotions Manager for Kraft Foods, and Promotions Director and founding team member/owner of Boca Burger, Inc.  Nancy holds business and humanities undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University, Chicago.  She is the founder of the Chicago Area College Access Counselors (CACAC), a consortium of programming professionals dedicated to sharing best practices for serving high-potential, first-gen youth.

Nancy currently serves on the board of the Forrest E. Powell Foundation, which assists promising students in the pursuit of vocational training and careers.  In her spare time, she enjoys being a LINK Unlimited mentor, writing and performing short stories, travel, and putting a pastry chef certification to use baking for friends and family.

William Kling

Bill_KlingBill Kling is an attorney and public policy expert with over 25 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors.  He worked for two well-known public sector law firms in Chicago, and served as in-house counsel at a community college for several years.  During law school and after graduation, he worked as an urban planner in Lake County, Illinois.   His law and policy practice includes clients on the cutting edge of social change including an aquaponics vertical farm, a medical cannabis cultivator, a water quality research and education center, a substance abuse prevention program, and the African American Family Commission, among others.

In addition to his law and policy practice, Bill currently has an appointment at University of Illinois Chicago, School of Public Health where he teaches policy, law and leadership courses, as well as serving as a Senior Associate in the Great Cities Institute.   He has also served as a policy research specialist for UIC and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as well as several other governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Bill received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and his J.D. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law, with a Certificate in Energy and Environmental Law and Policy.

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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Educational Travel Photo Contest Winners

Farther Foundation is a charitable organization providing scholarships to deserving students to inspire them to reach their highest aspirations through educational travel experiences. After returning from their programs across the country and around the world, our students submit their photos to us and we choose our favorites to share with you in our annual photo contest.

The top three student photos will win prizes. Here are this year’s runners up.

Mateo 1Roger 2Jennifer 3
D'Andre 1

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#GivingTuesday

We want to thank the folks at Unite4: Good for helping us put together a video that explains the mission of Farther Foundation. Today on #GivingTuesday we thought we would share it with you. It is still a work in progress, but we think it is preview ready.

Elizabeth in Vietnam

Elizabeth works on a community service project in Vietnam

See the video here: http://youtu.be/HE7meVtTGtE

I hope you will consider a Charitable donation today on #GivingTuesday, or before the end of the year. Over the past few years Farther Foundation has awarded more than $180,000 in educational grants to more than 80 needy and deserving students who have participated in educational and service programs across the country and around the world. These students have gone on to graduate from high school (100%) and attend college (95%) at rates far beyond their community peers.

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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From Fear to Responsibility

Each year at Farther Foundation our scholarship recipients return from their summer programs and write essays to share their experiences with us. A panel reads all the essays and awards prizes to our favorite. The first place winner this year is Oluseyi. Oluseyi earned the opportunity to spend part of his summer at Johns Hopkins University in an advanced engineering program. His essay reflects on the conditions he now struggles with in his neighborhood and the opportunities and responsibilities that will be part of his future. See his essay below.

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.

               969088_10200716068041240_516915321_nGrowing up in the Southside of Chicago, I was enveloped in poverty, racism, violence, and a sense of hopelessness. I, however, have become apathetic to these behaviors and actions. I have grown numb to the headlines that highlight gang violence and have to come to terms to understand but not embrace the stereotypes of being an African-American male. I have grown to disdain my environment. I have grown to resent my own community. Each day my tenacity and ambitions are driven in hopes of one day leaving the inner city of Chicago.

                I loath the fact that I cannot walk two blocks without being overcome and paralyzed by terror. Always anxious that the person walking in my direction is intent on hurting me. This lack of safety and security has had detrimental implications on all aspect of my life.  My social life suffers because I confine myself in the house all day fearing if I ever go visit my friends and end up being in the wrong neighborhood I may end up victim of gang violence. Likewise, I cannot focus in school because I am at times apprehensive. As the teacher goes over the lesson, I sometimes do not focus because my mind is always racing. My mind is always thinking of the most effective and safest rout to take home for that day. Should I take the 4 bus then take the 79th bus or should I take the 71st bus and then walk through the back to get home or should I call someone to come give a ride.  These are the thoughts I contemplate day in, day out. Moreover, I have become indifferent to the sight of abandoned buildings, condemned houses, and streets littered with glass shards.

                When I first arrived at Johns Hopkins University, I was ecstatic because I finally escaped Chicago and all its troubles.  Moreover, I was ecstatic because I was in a new environment. An environment in which people were not ridiculed for liking school. A setting in which I could walk in streets at 10:30 or 11:00 and still feel a sense of security. Likewise, my peers were welcoming and inviting. They did not care about trying to the impress the people at the dorm or program but were trying to learn. They actually valued education and learning. At first I was uncomfortable because I was not used to such a sight because growing up in Chicago such a thing was rare, to be surrounded with people who cared about school. I definitely knew I had to change my mindset and perception. Eventually, when I assimilated to this new environment, I was happy. I was enveloped by people I could relate to and that understand me- Chicago was the last place I was thinking about or ever wanted to return to.

                However, as I befriended the students at Hopkins, I noticed a common theme amongst them. They all have always had opportunities in their life and will likely continue to have opportunities in their lives. They all came from affluent communities and neighborhoods and once the program was over would return to these affluent neighborhoods and communities, but I would return back to Chicago and all its problems. Then I suddenly had a moment of realization, or an epiphany if you will. I realized those people have always had opportunities; in fact, they have always had a plethora of opportunities. But where I came from, opportunities themselves are rare and as a result the kids have no means of doing anything productive and must rely on the streets for any sense of meaning or fulfillment.  However, I am part of the very few who have the chance to change their circumstances and their environment and for me to omit Chicago from my life would be horrendous. For I would be turning my back on those who shaped me to be who I am, and I would be perpetuating the same traits that have left most of the youth in my community in a disparity. Moreover, I would be giving up on Chicago, breaking promises of helping those who are unable to help themselves.

                Having the opportunity to matriculate at John Hopkins in order to become more than an aspiring engineer has changed me for the better and how I view my community and Chicago.  Realizing the instrumental impact an opportunity can have on people’s lives by learning from those who have always had opportunities forced me to see that I have an obligation to use my skills to help the next generation by giving them an opportunity to change their circumstances, for if I abandon Chicago the amount of opportunities present will not change and all the violence, poverty, racism, and hopelessness will continue to perpetuate itself becoming an unending cycle that will ravage Chicago.

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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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