Send an At-Risk Child to Summer Camp

by Purple Feet Foundation
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Summary

This project sends at-risk middle school students from underserved urban neighborhoods to a week-long summer enrichment experience - the thinc program. The thinc program focuses on 21st Century student learning outcomes with a specific emphasis on college and career readiness through immersion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
$22,500
total goal
$8,807
remaining
262
donors
2
monthly donors
4
years active

Challenge

Nearly 7,000 teenagers in the U.S. drop out of school every day and according to the Civil Rights Project at Harvard/Urban Institute report high school graduation is a 50/50 proposition for minority students. The dropout indicators become apparent at the middle school level. This project works directly with middle school minority students to demonstrate the connection between success in school and pursuit of a rich variety of career choices.

Solution

The thinc program provides students entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades (currently from three partner schools in Harrisburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA and Prince George's County, MD) an intensive, week-long educational experience that exposes them to a variety of career possibilities that match their individual interests. The week includes college visits, daily enrichment classes in the arts and sciences, hands-on technology projects and an ongoing focus on 21st century literacy skills.

Long-Term Impact

The project will impact 200 at-risk students in the next five years inspiring them to think about their future and identifying the positive impact they can have on the world.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

Purple Feet Foundation Website
Purple Feet Foundation on Facebook
Media coverage of the Purple Feet Foundation
Purple Feet Foundation on Twitter

Organization Information

Purple Feet Foundation

Location: Mechanicsburg, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.purplefeetfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Lance Rougeux
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania United States
$13,693 raised of $22,500 goal
 
457 donations
$8,807 to go
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