URGENT: We’re raising $20,000 in order to support low-income college students during COVID-19 in having a safe, supportive learning environment.
These funds will go directly to provide need-based, partial sponsorships for students joining us at A Place Beyond (APB) this fall.
APB is an in-person learning environment in nature for college students studying online. Three weeks ago, we came together as 34 students from over 29 universities across the country and 8 instructors from different walks of life in order to create a transformative community. All of us are now at our first campus in the Bradshaw Mountains.
We know that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted first-generation, low-income students. First-generation students agreeing with “I have a great study environment” plummeted four-fold, from 84% pre-COVID to only 20% this fall, and we’ve heard other stories of unstable or unsafe home learning environments.
At A Place Beyond, we want to meet the needs of all students, especially those from low-income backgrounds. We’re providing food security, cabin accommodations, quiet study spaces, WiFi, community support, mentorship, guided outdoor recreation and more.
In addition to providing COVID relief for college students who need it most, your donation also shapes what A Place Beyond is (and will!) become.
We’re hyper-aware how our founding cohort this fall sets the foundation for our culture, programming, and values, and we know that the more diverse those voices are, the better.
We aspire towards creating a space for those who’ve historically been excluded and underrepresented in the outdoors and summer camps.
We’re excited to serve as a pilot for a new kind of college social experience and support system, and in particular, partner with organizations supporting students in college persistence.
As a four-month old project, it’s still early innings for us. We so appreciate you being a part of our journey.
Students & Instructors at A Place Beyond
Bradshaw Mountains Fall 2020
P.S. If you have any questions about our program, ideas on individuals or organizations to partner with, or anything else at all, we’re all ears. Email info [at] aplacebeyond.com and we'll pass along your note to the right person.
We could use all the help we can get.
- Kathleen Mckee
- Jean O'Malley
- Patrick Mauro
- Jean Kim