Three months have passed since we launched Project: FLIGHT, and thanks to you, the result has far surpassed our expectations. Not only did we successfully secure a place in the GlobalGiving network during the Open Challenge, we finished FIRST out of nearly 300 organizations worldwide. In total, we raised over $21,000 dollars, all of which will provide scholarships for our graduating seniors! We invite you to watch the following short video where we share with them the exciting news.
Project: FLIGHT stands as a bright achievement in a year marked by a multitude of them. We designed, constructed, and launched our first PLUS Center at Kensington Health Sciences Academy to act as a central hub for all our college, career, and academic services. We expanded our reach from working with 25 seniors last year, to serving an entire student body of nearly 400. And most recently, we selected our first group of sophomore PLUS Leaders to act as catalysts among their peers for the college-going culture we strive to build within the walls of our partner schools.
As for our remarkable seniors? They have worked tirelessly all year to make their college dreams a reality--many already receiving acceptances from their first-choice schools. For some, the road to college was not always so clear. Take Natalie and Darrel for example. Feeling overwhelmed by the process and unsure of their chances of getting in, they both had resigned themselves to the conclusion that perhaps a college education was beyond their reach. But this year--with the addition of the PLUS Center to their school--they were able to access valuable resources and receive dedicated, individualized support every step of the way. Given the right tools and a little encouragement, they finally had the confidence to achieve their educational goals. Today, they stand college-bound, excited for what the future holds for them.
There are dozens of stories similar to Natalie and Darrel, stories of students with vast reservoirs of untapped potential eager to finally take flight. Sometimes, all it takes is a steady breeze to lift off the ground; Project: FLIGHT is our gust of wind. It is our collective message to our students that we firmly believe they can rise above a world occupied by limitations and boundaries. It is our letter to them, powerfully communicating that they are not alone in this journey.
Thank you for graciously extending your hand to our students and empowering them to fly. Their stories are just beginning, and we can't wait to see what exciting things lie ahead.
The 12+ Team