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Raised by 13 people in 11 days
Gail Wolkoff  YPSILANTI, MI
The starting of Educate Youth spans many years. In June 2011, I began looking for academic opportunities for the adolescents living in the City of Ypsilanti. To my amazement, there were no academic-based programs; many of the programs were sports-based or had a large acceptance fee.

We decided to start our own program that was specifically designed for middle school students. We met at the library for four weeks during the summer, doing academics four days a week, and leaving one day for community service. We always met for four hours a day. The program was free of charge, transportation was provided, and participants were given basics in academics, soft skills, and positive group interactions.

 What did we learn? All the students wanted to continue this program during the school year This was the beginning of Having Opportunities for Positive Education, H.O.P.E., one of the four programs being moved to Educate Youth.

 All of our programs are created by youth, for their peers. Our mission has remained consistent: to connect youth with the world to promote peace, greater understanding, and a love of learning. All the programs, S.A.T. Preparation, Prevent and Prevail : an Open exchange of ideas about Sex, Empowerment, Drugs, and Prevention for STDs and HIV, Ethics Bowl , and H.O.P.E . are moving from Dedicated to Make a Change to Educate Youth 501c3.

 Educate Youth 501c3 is being started because we want to make a difference in the lives of Ypsilanti youth. It is a chance for the community to provide the needed sources of funding for the youth programs that change lives. Educate Youth 501c3 is the evolution and culmination of Dedicated to Make a Change’s youth-centered educational programs into a single, independent entity. Here in Ypsilanti, Educate Youth serves teens from underfunded schools, where students are not receiving an adequate education. Our focus is to give youth the tools to thrive in an academic environment, function effectively in the workforce, and to develop skills for positive interactions with others. Educate Youth is a job for the program's participants.

For 1 hour of work, a student makes $8.  Students typically work a 10 hour week. This is on top of going to school 35 hours/week.
For the tutors, it takes $12 to pay them by the hour.
By donating, you are ensuring the financial future of both a current professional worker, and a future leader in our community.
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We are a full fledge non-profit with papers, numbers, and bi-laws.
Life is good.
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We have 100% graduation rate.
Juan one of our 2016 graduates.
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I am amazed by dedication and commitment to learning of the teens who come to the clubhouse. After spending a day in school they come here to work for two more hours. The level of hard work the youth put into their academics cannot be put into words.
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$1,100 of $25k goal

Raised by 13 people in 11 days
Created February 8, 2017
GW
$100
gail wolkoff
4 days ago

Brilliant, just brilliant~

$25
Phil Good-Elliott
5 days ago
KL
$300
Kathryn Larson
5 days ago

You are an amazing educator with a crucial vision which I am pleased is being realized!

KS
$75
Ken Shannon
5 days ago
JB
$100
Joshua Barr
6 days ago
KK
$100
Kevin Kubarych
6 days ago

Will be great to meet these kids some day in my classes at UM.

GF
$30
Gabriel Fleckenstein
6 days ago
SW
$100
Steve Wilcoxen
6 days ago

It always amazes me when I stop in that youth are engaged in work and discussion. Like the collective buzzing of a hive.

$50
Sarah Stinchcombe
7 days ago

Go Youth!

BR
$15
Brialle Ringer
7 days ago

Congratulations on this prospect. I wish you all the best on your continued efforts to support Ypsilanti youth!

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