All Children Have The Right To An Education & Career
A child is born into the social and economic status of her family. When her family is unable to care for her basic needs, college is out of the question. She can dream, but in her heart she knows her dream can’t really come true. Without an education, she is destined to follow in their footsteps. Girls are more likely to get pregnant early, have more children, and not be able to provide for them better than her own parents could. Boys are more likely to turn to crime.
Children born into poverty deserve an education. It’s the only way for them to break the cycle and create a better life for themselves and their families. As stated by the philosopher Maimonides, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. Education is linked to future earnings and is an important key to their future.
But when homeless or in foster care, there is one important tool that can make a huge difference in the chance for success of these kids–a laptop. They need a laptop to do their homework, apply to college, write essays and research eligible financial aid that can allow them to go to college. A laptop can allow them to start their own online business, search for part-time job openings to help pay for books, and stay connected to the world outside of their shelter or foster home.
Children in local transitional shelters such as Chapman Partnership typically must wait in line to access the small number of computers available in their after school homework room. The room is noisy, crowded, and certainly not conducive to doing their best work, which impacts grades.
There are more than 1.3 million homeless students in the United States, a figure that has almost doubled in the last decade. Another 700,000 spend time in foster care each year. These kids didn’t ask to be born into poverty and they deserve a fighting chance to get out. They deserve to follow their dreams and they don’t deserve a simple tool like a laptop getting in their way. Our mission is to get laptops into the hands of as many of these kids as possible. If they show that they are really trying in school, then we want to give them the tools to succeed.
How You Can Help
A Google Chromebook is only $400 and we are setting the goal of giving one new Chromebook per week to a homeless high school kid who demonstrates that they are trying to succeed in school. Our goal for the balance of 2018 is to raise $15,200.
We are working in collaboration with Many Happy Hearts, a non profit established to “provide service, support and opportunities to the underprivileged, disabled and homeless children in our community.” The foundation was established in 2010 and became active volunteers at Chapman Partnership. ZenChange has also volunteered with the foundation at Chapman. We know the founders and that all of the funds raised support those in need.
Since 1995, Chapman Partnership has supported more than 100,000 people, including 20,000 children in Miami-Dade County. They have a 64% success rate of moving people who complete their program from homelessness to self-sufficiency. They get the kids to school and provide after school care while they do their homework. But these kids need tools. They shouldn’t have to line up for the computer to do their homework. They should have the time they need to do it properly and get better grades.
We have established a GoFundMe page to support our fundraising efforts which you may reach by clicking the DONATE NOW button.
We will also donate directly in the following ways:
- For each review of ZenChange you submit to Google or Facebook, we’ll donate $25 to the fund.
- For each new client referral to ZenChange , we’ll donate $25 to the fund. Please be sure to include your name so we can make the donation on your behalf.
As we grow, we want the fund to grow.
We have work to do in giving these kids the tools they need to be successful. No donation is too small. How about $5 instead of that next latte? Or $10 and pack your own lunch tomorrow?