These days it has become difficult to get children and teenagers to walk into school with a smile. College may seem like an impossible dream for some. The price of schooling has been rising, not just in tuition but school supplies as well. Without supplies it is hard for students to succeed in school. Even worse we already have an enormous rate of drop outs. This is not only because teens now do not want to try, but because their family can’t afford to send them to college. Trying to save enough for rising tuition may be very hard for some. This is where non-profit organizations come in. Non-profits are becoming more noticed as they are helping our present and future succeed.
A fantastic way to help our future is through non-profit educational funds. Some help with more than just money. The Harlem Children’s Zone has been able to help thousands of families through their fund. They provide classes and workshops for people of Harlem, New York. They start with classes for parents of children from birth through age 3. This class is called Baby College. They provide classes for parents and children up through college. These classes provide a safe and helpful environment for Harlem families who might not always have the best situations handed to them.
College Summit is another non-profit organization that helps students get ready for college by providing help. They provide help for low income students when it comes to going to college. Sometimes it may be hard for parents to provide a way to get to colleges and be able to have tour. They also may not have the resources to provide help with prep courses and even application assistance for their child. College Summit can help low income students who prove they can work hard and succeed. Based on test scores, attendance and other such things they help the student succeed.
Challenge Day is one of the quickest rising non-profit organizations at the moment. It may not directly help students with money and other expenses, but emotionally and socially it gets them focused and ready for the change into college life. Challenge Day is a program that goes to schools and helps students realize that they are more similar that they think. Having “challenges” of talking about their problems with others and not being judged for their differences tends to help students succeed in their classes more than before. Theory is without the weight of being “different” or “alone” in how they feel and what they do with life, students feel relieved and do better in their classes and peer relationships.
Save the Music Foundation by VH1 is a well-known foundation. Known for its contribution to school bands, Save the Music has provided thousands of musical instruments to elementary and middle schools. Offering different packages of instruments such as different guitars or wind instruments, they have helped children learn through music. The happiness on the children’s faces when they get the hang of a new instrument is priceless.
Non-profit organizations have helped so many people succeed in school and life in general. The help that these organizations provide is remarkable. There are many non-profits for education out there and every single one gets a child closer to a better education and a better life.
Author's Bio : Since 2006, nearly 300 full-time and part-time MBA students and undergraduates have assisted over 80 nonprofits by participating in the Grassroots.org Social Venture Consulting Program. Through a partnership between the Center For Social Value Creation at the Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland and Grassroots.org, students engage with selected non profit management to provide MBA and undergraduate students with practical consulting experience and an opportunity to give back to their community. Projects are designed for 60-80 hours over 3 months to address specific issues—whether financial, marketing, operational, organizational or strategic—and to develop the necessary steps to solve the problems and improve the business. Starting in the Fall of 2011, the Program has undergone a substantial expansion. The more universities we can support in administering programs like these, the more organizations we can help and the more social impact we can have. Student-led clubs at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Loyola University-Chicago, and Drexel University have partnered with the CSVC and Grassroots.org to launch their own social enterprise alliance program. Our goal is to continue to expand, leverage Grassroots.org’s relationship with thousands of 501(c)3 organizations, and standardize programs like this for schools across the country.