IT TAKES A VILLAGE

The Story:
According to the Glossary of the Education Reform, The term at-risk is often used to describe students or groups of students who are considered to have a higher probability of failing academically or dropping out of school.

The problem:
African-American students were more likely than other students to be deficient in basic mathematics and reading skills. These students were also more likely than other students to drop out between the 8th and 10th grades.
RESOLUTION:
At-Risk Students Improve When They Take A Race And Ethnicity Class – Study
Stanford Report, January 12, 2016

Stanford University study of San Francisco high schools from 2010 to 2014 unveil academic benefits to ethnic studies courses examining the roles of race, nationality and culture on identity and experience. It showed gains in attendance by 21 percentage points, GPA by 1.4 grade points and the number of course credits they earned to graduate increased by 23. As a result of this study, a number of California school districts require ethnic studies. San Francisco voted to expand its program to all 19 high schools.

HERE IS A CHANCE FOR US TO GIVE BACK:
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT OUTREACH INITIATIVE is a non- Profit Corporation that is established to service the restoration of the community by launching and operating an AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER (AACC) in Elizabeth, New Jersey to service the city and surrounding area
with culturally relevant experiences and teaching methods to do our part to change the high probability of academic failure and drop rate of our children.

The AACC will be housed in a facility that will display revolving exhibits that illustrate the numerous achievements of the African-American people—historic art and literary artifacts in science, education, economics and government. With scheduled lectures, plays and presentations, the center will highlight courses that include ethnic identity relevant to cultural background of African-American. Additionally, it will be a hub for the initiatives in visual and performing arts. While the center will be open year round, the development and initiative agenda are the core of AACC, which are focused on school children, will be presented as after-school, week-end and summer school plans. 

THE CORE AGENDA:
Our Success Is Inspired by Our History; Math Development; Reading and Writing Development; Life Skills Training; Culinary Arts; Computer and Tech Development; Welding; Building Construction Trades; Automotive Repair; Urban Agriculture; Business and Finance.

The lead-developers believe that this is a great opportunity to build a better future by assisting our youth in these areas. You can make a huge difference in the lives of our children by donating to this great endeavor. HDOI wish to raise $225,000 as the initial raise for projected rent and facility preparations, materials (computers, books, paper products, furniture, culinary items, etc.) and part-time employees (Director of Center, lead-developers, clerk, security and Custodian). 

Donate to give the children the opportunity to develop their full potential. Every little bit helps!!! This is an opportunity for you to make a difference in the future of our country. 
Please make a donation so these children can continue to learn. And if helping children is important to you, please share this with friends and love ones, and give them the opportunity to help a child to succeed.

In his 2008 campaign to win the oval office, President Barack Obama said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” 

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