Support high school diplomas

$1,555 of $25k goal

Raised by 20 people in 2 months
Gail Wolkoff
on behalf of steven wilcoxen
 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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Update 11
Posted by Gail Wolkoff
5 days ago
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I want to thank each person who has made a contribution to Educate Youth and I would love for you to visit the clubhouse and experience what we are doing and how your money is being used.
Stop by~ 104 South Huron Street in Ypsilanti.
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Update 10
Posted by Gail Wolkoff
6 days ago
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Thank you for all your kindness and friendship~ please know all your funds are being used for education~
Please share our Go Fund Me Campaign~
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Update 9
Posted by Gail Wolkoff
18 days ago
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It's April 5~ as the saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers..."
It also brings teens in from the wet to practice the SAT during spring break.
Give to our campaign~ it's so easy. It can be completed between thunder claps.
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Update 8
Posted by Gail Wolkoff
24 days ago
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Yesterday evening, 15 teens between the ages of 13-17 years worked on their homework. There was laughter and peer support as each person worked. It was obvious each person has not lost sight to the big picture of getting their high school diploma.

Here at Educate Youth, our programming is designed to give the skills required to earn a high school diploma, which is necessary to attain financial independence. Educate Youth programs are aimed at developing: literacy skills, tutoring, mentoring, recreation, arts & cultural activities, leadership development, ACT prep, college and scholarship applications, and job readiness. All of our programs are free. Educate Youth provides transportation to ensure that access is never an issue.

Educate Youth must cover the costs of its facilities and pay its employees a living wage. We are calling upon you, people with high school diplomas, to make a financial contribution that will provide a means for our youth to get theirs.
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$1,555 of $25k goal

Raised by 20 people in 2 months
Created February 8, 2017
Gail Wolkoff  
on behalf of steven wilcoxen
$100
Anonymous
6 days ago
$10
Elisa Guyton
13 days ago

Please continue your amazing work!

SK
$40
Stephanie Kavanaugh
1 month ago
$150
Anonymous
1 month ago
EW
$30
Ed Weinberger
1 month ago

I'm glad that someone is doing these things, since I'm not that selfless!

AM
$75
Andrew + McLaine Mast
1 month ago

We believe in you!

$50
Anonymous
1 month ago
GW
$100
gail wolkoff
2 months ago

Brilliant, just brilliant~

$25
Phil Good-Elliott
2 months ago
KL
$300
Kathryn Larson
2 months ago

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

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