Dear 12+ Supporters,
After an exciting last day of fundraising, we are thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal of $5,000 from 40 individual donors! As a result, we will be given an additional $2,500 from GlobalGiving! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
When we designed this DIY Campaign, we thought back to the beginning of this academic year, when our schools in Philadelphia were facing insurmountable odds. Just weeks before the first day, it was announced that thousands of teachers, staff, and administrators across the city would be let go. This posed incredible difficulties for everyone in the district: students, administrators, partner nonprofits, and especially, teachers.
Despite these obstacles, 12+ worked with our partner schools to provide the best services we could for our students. This meant collaborating closely with our teachers, who demonstrated an enduring commitment to educating and empowering our students. As we approach the final days of this school year, we are proud to announce that we have not just "gotten by" this year; we have worked with our teachers to lift the level of student engagement to new heights.
We see this elevation all throughout our schools. We look to our graduating seniors at Penn Treaty - PT's first ever senior class! - who will be attending universities ranging from Penn State to Temple. We look to our recent Achievement Day at Kensington Health Sciences Academy, when we honored our PLUS Leaders who demonstrated 12+'s core values of Believe, Act, and Inspire. There are exciting things happening here in Philadelphia and these are examples of just what is possible when we endeavor to make a difference, together.
Moving forward, 12+ will be using the money raised from this campaign to support its programming as well as to establish a Teacher Fund. Teachers at our partner schools will be allowed to draw from this fund and invest in meaningful activities that they believe will enrich the experiences of our students, whether that takes the form of a pizza party, college visit, or school trip. Our hope is to grow the partnership we have with our schools and the amazing people that comprise them. We want to send a powerful message that we are united in our effort in empowering students and watching them take flight.
Thank you again for your support - it is our humble privilege to be on this journey with you.
The 12+ Team
We at 12+ are in the business of doing a lot with a little. Give us a room and a handful of dedicated people and we will show you just what is possible! Over these past three months, 12+ has been able to empower students through a motley assortment of special events geared to inspire our kids (check out our monthly update videos using the links below)! During this time, we have hosted:
All of this would not have been possible without the help from supporters like you! We are able to do our work because you believe in us and our students - for this, we are so thankful. Through our combined efforts, we have been able to reach new heights:
While numbers and names are important, working with students is the best part of our job. We have been blessed to engage with some of the most ambitious and big-hearted individuals around. We exist to serve students like Bianca M., and her words push us to work harder each day:
"I moved here just before my senior year and when I found out about 12+, I was relieved...I felt like I wasn't on my own any more, that people cared, and that I was going to be on the right track to go to college. I'm really excited...to live the whole college experience."
So, what can be done in a room? We are just beginning to scratch the surface, but we'll keep you posted =)
It's hard to believe a year has passed since we first launched Project: FLIGHT--an entire year full of memories and victories and incredible success stories that you made possible with your donations. It's often difficult to truly capture the impact of your contributions, but allow us to try by offering you this news: 100% of all Project: FLIGHT scholarship recipients remain ON TRACK to receive a college degree!
One such recipient is Stephen, a recent high school graduate and 12+ alumni, who just completed his first semester as a freshman at Penn State. His enrollment alone would not have been possible without the scholarship that you helped provide, not to mention the powerful motivation he found through your steadfast belief in him. Like many students coming from the Philadelphia public school system, his initial transition to college was bumpy. Right from the beginnning, he found it challenging to keep up with the daily rigors of a college education, especially having to start so far behind. Despite this, Stephen refused to give up. He believed he deserved to be there. With the help of the team at 12+, who kept in contact with Stephen after graduation, he was encouraged to look forward, offered useful tips like taking advantage of office hours, and directed to resources available to him on campus such as the student tutoring center. By the end of the semester, Stephen's grades dramatically improved, and now, he feels more confident than ever about accomplishing his goal of becoming a pharmacist. As our new class of seniors anxiously await for their acceptance letters, we are reminded of the class preceding them, the one responsible for the launch of Project: FLIGHT. Whether it's Elise, who just finished her first semester with a 3.72 GPA, or Yalissa, who finally believes she's found her home at Millersville University, and of course, Stephen, our future pharmacist, the message of Project: FLIGHT has endured long after our students traded their high school graduation caps for college ones: All our students can really fly. Thank you for your support of our work at 12+. We hope you will continue to partner with us and help us create another year full of amazing stories of flight. Warmly,The 12+ Team