Today's tip is all about empowering children to succeed and dream, no matter what their situations may be.
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. They also have year-round programs and off-season camping options.
In 2008, The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family Program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes for two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.
If you live on the east coast and are interested in being part of this amazing program, check out their website.Back in college, I had the pleasure to work a few summers with the IHAD program; it provides children in low-income communities with the opportunities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. They enter the program in early elementary school and stay through high school. Our affliate serviced middle school students (or Dreamers) from Portland, OR. They stayed in the dorms of Whitman College, where college students served as counselors. I, along with other educators, shared information through fun classes.
Check out an affliate in your area to help out, it will be worth your time.