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Mid-Year Report, 2017

Mission & Vision

Farther Foundation helps students break free from the constraints of poverty and isolation and propels them toward their highest aspirations.

We provide opportunities for eager and deserving students to participate in educational programs across the country and around the world.

They participate in programs where they are immersed in new cultures, learn and develop skills, provide community service, cultivate leadership potential and attain personal growth.

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Save the Date

Thursday, Sep. 28th
7:00 – 10:00pm
Fitzgerald’s Nightclub

 Farther Foundation’s Annual Benefit and Celebration 

  • Come hear stories of discovery, adventure and mishap told by consummate storytellers.
  • Enjoy food, drink and the company of friends.
  • Win fun and exciting raffle prizes.
  • Support our hard-working and deserving students.

Our host and featured storyteller:

Mark Caro

Mark Caro: Mark is the author of the award-winning nonfiction book The Foie Gras Wars and co-author of the new Take It to the Bridge: Unlocking the Great Songs Inside of You. After covering film, food, music and news for the Chicago Tribune over more than 26 years, he currently writes about entertainment and culture for The New York Times and other outlets, is a regular guest host on WGN Radio and created and hosts the popular “Is It Still Funny?” film series at the Music Box Theatre.

More featured storytellers to be announced soon!

Early Registration for StorySlam is open!

Tickets start at $60 and include admission, food and entertainment

Click here to buy tickets and register online

Or contact us at:

708-497-7240 or gofarther@fartherfoundation.org

We hope to see you there!


Meet our Farther Foundation class of 2017 scholars.

This year, Farther Foundation approved nearly $100,000 in scholarships to support life-changing programs for 34 deserving students. Here are some details about our scholarship class of 2017:

Female: 26                     Male: 8
Latino: 22                      African American: 10                        Other: 2
Average Family Income: $33,800        Average Scholarship: $2,875

Our scholarship recipients this year will participate in programs that take them abroad to Nepal, Mongolia, Ghana, Brazil, China, Tanzania, Brazil and elsewhere. Others will experience college life on campuses including Brown, Harvard, Stanford and Tufts.

2017 Scholar Spotlight

Maria pre-photo

Maria is a high-achieving student at St. Ignatius High School. She was recommended to us by the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, an organization that provides students from at-risk populations with scholarships to private college-preparatory high schools, mentoring, college counseling and other resources to support their academic aspirations.

This summer, Maria will travel to the Dominican Republic with Global Leadership Adventures where she will participate in a program focused on public health and service to the local community. Maria is eager to explore careers in the medical field and told us, “Shadowing a medical professional will help me in my future. Although a small step, it would be amazing to be experiencing this life first hand and learning from professionals themselves.”

Maria describes herself as determined, “People around me have never seen me as a person who starts something and does not finish it. Whether that be a thousand-piece puzzle or a math problem that seems unsolvable, I have always tried to stick to what I start and successfully finish it.” Her program leaders at the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund tell us that Maria’s counselors and teachers have nothing but amazing things to say about her. They expect that “Maria will be the one that changes the trajectory of her family’s economic state. Her progress as an upcoming first generation college student and high school graduate will open so many doors that her parents were unable to enjoy.”


Alumni Spotlight – Corbin Sanders

Corbin with Obama

We asked Corbin what led him to choose Morehouse College. He told us it was the school’s main mission, to mold young African-American men to become the best versions of themselves and use their gifts to change the world.   Corbin’s gift is music and he believes that will be how he positively impacts the world.  He shared a memory with us from his time at Morehouse, “A specific moment that was significant in making me the person that I am today is when I posted my first video doing a violin cover. The day after, the entire school was talking about it and told me how cool and inspiring they thought it was. It felt really good to have that type of effect on everyone.”

Corbin with Chance the Rapper

While in high school during the summers of 2011 and 2012 Corbin participated in two educational travel programs with the assistance of Farther Foundation, first to New Mexico on a team-building and leadership-training retreat and then to Costa Rica for two weeks of cultural exploration and environmental science education. Corbin said those experiences not only raised his expectations about his future, but gave him the confidence to “realize that I can go anywhere in the world and adapt.” His advice to other students, “Do it. Don’t even hesitate, just do it. You don’t want to miss out on the impact that traveling can have on your life.”

Corbin Graduating Morehouse

This May, Corbin graduated from Morehouse Cum Laude and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honors society. His accomplishments as a musician have already provided him with opportunities to play at public events and ceremonies. What’s next for Corbin? He tells us, “I will continue to create and play the music that I like while inspiring people in the process.”

Check out some of Corbin’s performances on YouTube.
Read a profile of Corbin from Morehouse College.


Impact

Farther Foundation students graduate high school, enroll in college, and then graduate from college (college persistence) at rates that far exceed their peers.

High School Graduation Rate 5-19-17

College Enrollment Rate 5-19-17

College Persistence Rate 5-19-17

According to the To & Through Project1, 76% of Chicago Public School high school freshmen aspire to earn a four-year college degree. Yet current projections show only 18% of CPS freshmen—and only 22% of high school freshmen nationwide—will go on to earn a four-year college degree within ten years of starting high school.

Why are Farther Foundation students succeeding at a higher rate? We believe the educational experiences we provide – giving students the opportunity to travel away from home while participating in new experiences – equips them with a broader base of knowledge and the confidence to cast a wide net and gain admission to the best and most appropriate colleges for them. Attending colleges with high graduation rates and entering college with a positive learning mindset2 make a great difference in academic success. 

1) The To &Through Project is a partnership among the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and Network for College Success that brings together expertise across the key domains of research, data, and training resources.

2) Learn more about “learning mindsets


 

Thank you for supporting our mission and the students we serve

David Weindling, President
Susan J. White, Vice President
Griselda Garibay, Treasurer
Ruth Masters, Director
Laura Swartzbaugh, Director
Angelicca Telles, Director
Nancy Baker, Director
Bill Kling, Director

Donate online at: www.fartherfoundation.org.

Or, send to Farther Foundation on PayPal and Venmo

 Farther Foundation is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible.

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StorySlam was a hit!

StorySlam_presentersMore than 100 people crowded into Fitzgerald’s Nightclub last Thursday night for Farther Foundation’s annual fundraising event, StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation.

Our guests were treated to good food, good friends, great stories and the rewards of supporting a wonderful cause.

Our thanks to all of the storytellers and our guest emcee for donating their time and talents to us. You can check them all out at their day jobs:

Charlie Meyerson is with Rivet Radio: http://www.rivetnewsradio.com/
Barbara Mahany has a book out: http://barbaramahany.com/book-slowing-time/
Mark Guarino is writing and reporting: http://mark-guarino.com/
Butch Jerinic is with Second City: http://www.secondcity.com/works/
Kathleen Andrade is writing and acting: http://gingrworks.com/
David Fink is running the Acorn Theater: http://www.acorntheater.com/

Thank you again for making this year’s event a huge success, and we look forward to bringing you more stories of travel, adventure and new experiences next 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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StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation

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Our cast of storytellers is set. Enjoy great entertainment while supporting life-changing experiences for deserving students. StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation is on Thursday, October 15. Learn more and reserve tickets at www.fartherfoundation.org.

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.

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!

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James Finn Garner to appear at storytelling benefit for Farther Foundation

 

James Finn Garner

James Finn Garner

James Finn Garner can tell a story – you can click over to his website to learn more about his best-selling books, other writings and performances. Then, you can see Jim take the stage at Story Slam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation. Jim and a group of consummate storytellers will entertain our guests with tales of travel, adventure, mishap and discovery. While there, you can enjoy food, drink and the company of friends. Plus, you can take a chance to win vacation packages in our raffle.

Story Slam will take place on Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at FitzGerald’s Nightclub at 6615 Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn. Tickets start at $50 and include food, drink and entertainment.

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James Finn Garner is a writer and performer from Chicago. His is perhaps best known for his book Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, which was an international best-seller, translated into more than 25 languages. His other books include the two Politically Correct sequels, Once Upon a More Enlightened Time and Politically Correct Holiday Stories; Apocalypse Wow!, as well as Tea Party Fairy Tales, and Honk Honk, My Darling: A Rex Koko, Private Clown Mystery. A former columnist with Chicago Magazine, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, National Public Radio, and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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.

Go Farther!

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Story Slam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation

Story Slam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation

When:  Thursday, October 16, 2014
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Where:  Fitzgerald’s Nightclub
6615 Roosevelt Rd.
Berwyn, IL 60402

Hear stories of travel, adventure, mishap and discovery told by consummate storytellers. Enjoy food, drink and the company of friends. Take a chance to win vacation packages in our raffle.

Who’s telling stories?

Included in our roster of wits and raconteurs are hometown (Oak Park) favorites Mike Cramer, Harlene Ellin and Eden Novak.

Mike and Harlene

Mike and Harlene

Mike Cramer is an award winning independent film maker, visual artist, performer of written and improv comedy…and a lawyer. Harlene Ellin is a long-time journalist, essayist, marketer, social media maven and domestic impresario.

Eden

Eden

Eden Novak started out as a bad-ass, smart-mouth kid who explored rock and roll stardom, clothing wholesaling, and horticultural therapy, which then made its natural progression to lingerie boutique owner. After rocking, rolling, jazzing, popping, country crooning (she hates to admit that!) with various bands, she found herself back on the theatrical stage with Open Door Repertory and guest appearances in theater, radio and television.

Other storytellers will include James Finn Garner, Pat Byrnes and Stephanie Douglass. Our emcee for the evening will be John Garcia of WLS ABC News.

Read more about them all here.

$50 ticket includes food, 2 drinks and entertainment.
Information and tickets are available online or by phone: 708-497-7240, or email: slam@fartherfoundation.org 

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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