Give DC adults the support they need to succeed



Help to remove some of the many barriers low-income students face as they work to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by supporting bus fare, books, and GED test fees.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The cost of transportation and study supplies is a barrier to education for many students. 91% of our students earn less than $25,000/year and 46% earn less than $10,000. At the end of the month, when money is low, immediate family needs take priority over bus fare to school. The price of GED books prohibits or discourages many students from fully participating in their studies. Currently, the fee for students to take the GED test in the District of Columbia is $50.

How will this project solve this problem?

For our upcoming winter term, this project will guarantee that each student has a GED book, that every student has bus fare to get to school, and five students will have access to the GED test (the average # of students ready to test per term.)

Potential Long Term Impact

The number of employed students rises from 58% upon enrollment to 84% upon graduation. Of those who are unemployed, 83% are enrolled in college or training programs.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $865

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $865 .  The original project funding goal was $6,600.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Academy of Hope

Washington, DC, United States

Project Leader

Ed Waisanan

Washington, DC United States

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