The need for mentors continues to be enormous. Many students suffering from adverse childhood experiences need a trusted, non-family member adult who will listen and provide emotional support. The social-emotional issues facing many students are what are holding them back academically, not for want of intelligence. Research bears out that well-conceived mentor programs help children stay in school, graduate and become net-contributors to society.
Restorative justice programs are allowing students who have made poor choices the opportunity to avoid the school-to-prison pipeline so prevalent in many communities.
Programs in art, music, dance, theatre, chess, and bridge for example, allow students to develop skills and to succeed, thus paving the way for academic success as well.
Additionally, programs that teach parents how to participate in their children’s educational success are provided by nonprofits in low-income and immigrant communities.
These and many other programs are delivered by the nonprofit community that is increasingly underfunded. Nonprofits in a community, all doing incredible work on behalf of children are soliciting the same group of funders, dividing the same dollars, although among a growing group of nonprofits. OnePercent for Education will facilitate much needed funding for organizations providing these crucial services to our vulnerable students.