The Issue: Low Postsecondary-School Success
Out of 10 teen mothers, 3 graduate from high school, according to studies conducted by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that less than 60 percent of high-school graduates statewide complete a college education within six years. But many students face significant financial challenges that keep them from attempting further education or remaining within postsecondary educational institutions. Without further education, students have limited prospects for future financial stability.
The Campaign: Help Teens Attend College and Achieve Goals
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Treasurechest Learning Systems can fund college-application fees for 20 underserved students, with all donations matched up to $500 by an anonymous donor. Each additional $20 raised, with matching donations, will fund another college-application fee. With this support, Treasurechest Learning Systems guides students toward becoming financially self-sufficient after high school. Participating students attend biweekly character-building workshops and complete three applications for postsecondary training or the workforce.
All donations will be matched up to $500 by an anonymous donor. You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Treasurechest Learning Systems
Erica McDonald became a teenage mother while still in high school at the age of 16. She worked hard to graduate and gain her bachelor's degree in teaching and has since striven to help other young people accomplish similar goals. As part of this aim, she founded Treasurechest Learning Systems, which combines a specially designed curriculum of seminars for teens and presentations for parents to help teens return to school after childbirth and achieve future success and self-sufficiency.
The organization's program works with teenagers to determine what they need to accomplish to graduate, and creates plans of action for attending postsecondary school or finding places in the workforce. Participants are required to complete at least three applications for postsecondary education or jobs. Should students decide to pursue a resultant opportunity, Treasurechest Learning Systems can identify useful social services and provide transportation for a limited time, application fees, uniforms, and shoes to achieve this goal.