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
At the beginning of this academic year, 12+ had the privilege of expanding its services to another school in Philadelphia. With the support of faculty, students, and donors, 12+ began working with Penn Treaty to further its mission of creating college-going cultures throughout schools in Philadelphia.
Penn Treaty History
The budget crisis that the Philadelphia Public School District faced forced many schools to close down in its wake. In response, Penn Treaty, which originally served only as a middle school, decided to absorb students from local high schools that had closed down. Penn Treaty contacted 12+ to help create a college-going culture in its newly formed middle / high school. Excited by the opportunity to empower more students, 12+ took on the challenge and began its programming for 6th through 12th graders at Penn Treaty.
Throughout the Fall
During these past four months, 12+ has become an integral part of the school culture. 12+ took an empty classroom, which currently serves as a temporary PLUS Center, and redesigned it to inspire everyone who steps inside. Moreover, from this space, 12+ has been able to conduct impactful programming that has reached nearly all 700 students in the school. Some activities that have taken place include:
As 12+ looks toward the new year, we are excited to continue our partnership with Penn Treaty. We are hoping to finalize construction of our official PLUS Center while expanding the scope of our services within the school.
Our work would not have been possible without the enduring support of our donors. Thank you so much for allowing us to operate in our partner schools and to serve the students of Philadelphia. Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com with suggestions and thoughts as we move forward - we love words of encouragement as well =). Together, we will continue to show the world the potential that our students have and the incredible things that can be done in a room.
The 12+ Team
The summer has passed and a new school year has begun. But before we go into full swing, we celebrate our amazing graduates from the class of 2013, sending them off to their respective colleges to bravely continue their post-secondary education. In turn, we also celebrate the collective effort of their teachers, administrators, family, 12+ team, and all of you who helped make their dreams possible.
Not only did your contributions lessen the burden of our students' tuitions, they helped remove the hidden barriers that prevent many of our students from continuing their education. Whether it was paying for an enrollment deposit, or subsidizing transportation to freshman orientation, or even purchasing books for fall semester, your scholarships sent a powerful message to our students that they are not alone in this journey and that nothing will stop them from obtaining a quality education.
Take Elise for example. Once a student who often skipped school and felt disengaged in class, Elise finished her senior year without missing a single day. Today, she is enrolled at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania studying to become a nurse, looking forward to her future. However, if not for the scholarship she received from Project: FLIGHT she may not have been able to fill the gap in her tuition and financial aid, much less pay for the books and supplies that are needed as a freshman student. Thanks to you, these barriers have not stopped Elise from pursuing her goals.
This year, we have the privilege of launching our 2ND PLUS CENTER at Penn Treaty High School and extending our reach to 400 new students! On TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 between the hours of NOON to MIDNIGHT, we partner with GlobalGiving once more, along with Microsoft's Give For Youth, to RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR NEW CENTER. During that date and time, all donations will be MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR, thus DOUBLING your impact! We hope you will join us once again on the 24th at http://www.giveforyouth.org/projects/morethanaroom and help make more stories like Elise's a reality.
As always, thank you for your generous contributions to Project: FLIGHT and your ongoing support. We couldn't do it without you.
Warmly, The 12+ Team