The Issue: Costs of Technology-Based Education Resources
Today’s classrooms rely on more than chalkboards and textbooks. Now, teachers often assign technology-based homework that requires students to have access to an up-to-date computer. But purchasing the necessary tools can be a strain for students and families from low-income areas, making it difficult for them to remain academically competitive with their peers. At Higher Achievement's Afterschool Academy, which mentors middle-school students from at-risk backgrounds, 105 scholars have been sharing four computers to complete their work.
The Campaign: Purchasing Computers for 8th Graders
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Higher Achievement, DC Metro to purchase new Google Chromebooks for their program scholars living in Ward 4. For every $250 raised, Higher Achievement can purchase one new Chromebook. Scholars will use these computers to finish homework assignments, complete high-school-admission processes, and work with program mentors to raise their grades.
Higher Achievement, DC Metro
Closing the opportunity gap for middle-school youth—that’s what Higher Achievement, DC Metro is all about. The organization works to help all students, regardless of their circumstances, achieve their potential in school and beyond. To that end, rigorous after-school and summer academic programs impart Higher Achievement’s scholars with the confidence, skills, and character necessary to succeed. Youth in 5th through 8th grade work with mentors on core subjects such as literature, mathematics, and science, spending an additional 650 hours outside school on their futures. This academic work, which is aligned with state standards, combines with field trips to local colleges as well as high-school placement services and community-service opportunities. And the statistics speak. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement’s scholars advance to top academic high-school programs, 94% graduate from high-school on time (nearly double the rate of their peers), and 93% advance to college.