Impact the Future
The Foundation funded an estimated $250,000 in early college credits in a single year through the support of Advanced Placement tests for students who couldn't afford the test fee. AP tests cost our students approximately $100 each -- a price that can be overwhelming to some families. Our donors funded 160 individual tests.
The Foundation has introduced nearly 200 students and many of their parents to four-year campuses for the first time, showcasing new opportunities to students who will become the first in their generation in their family to attend college. The trips include interaction with District 214 alumni who now attend the colleges, on-bus programming from District 214 college counselors and college tours.
Donors launched nearly $175,000 in new scholarships in a single year, empowering students' postsecondary and high school success.
The Foundation annually supports student entrepreneurs through funding awarded at a District-wide pitch night. Students who have showcased their business at this event have gone on to achieve great success: being featured on The Today Show and raising thousands on Kickstarter.
A Foundation partnership with Lumen Optical resulted in eye exams and new glasses for more than two dozen District 214 students; the partnership has expanded in its second year. A second partnership with Panera Bread is providing food for students at three schools of specialized learning, resulting in increased attendance on days when our students know they will be fed.
The Foundation annually supports integral District-provided programming that transforms generations through education. This includes adult and family literacy courses, GED courses and classes at the Catherine M. Lee Women's and Children's Program at Forest View Educational Center.