New Summer Program Targets Winchester's At-Risk Youth

The Accelerated Summer Program to Increase Readiness and Engagement (ASPIRE) brings together dozens of eighth- and ninth-grade students for an unique field trip that focuses on civic engagement.

The program is a new effort by Winchester Public Schools to inspire at-risk youth to aim higher. All of the participating students have failed at least one class in the past academic year, and administrators say these students are deemed likely to drop out of school.

According to Elise Stine-Dolinar, of the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, ASPIRE can help them become engaged in their community and to learn what they can do to help others, while staying in school.

The ASPIRE program runs through the end of July and connects students with leaders from local non-profits to learn how they can help others in the community, through organizations like the Highland Food Pantry or the Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity. Read the Entire Article


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Successful Providence Childhood Language Program Expands to 5 Other Cities
Foundation: Bloomberg Philanthropies

Providence Talks is expanding into five additional U.S. cities. Bloomberg Philanthropies recently announced that Birmingham, Alabama, Detroit, Hartford, Louisville and Virginia Beach are picking up...more

The Hip-Hop Transformation Goes Year-Round for Boston Youth
Foundation: Boston Foundation

The Hip-Hop Transformation (THHT), a Cambridge-based music education non-profit, is expanding from a summer program to a year-long one with help from The Boston Foundation's Shout Syndicate...more

Summit Extols Lighting a Fire to Transform Learning

The fifth annual Education Innovation Summit, with theme of "Together We are Lighting a Fire to Transform Learning," has recently kicked off at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The Summit is a...more

How to Encourage Your Students to Change Their World

An article sponsored by T-Mobile shares Alexandria Brady-Mine's experiences as one of the 30 winners of last year's first-ever T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge. The T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge is...more

Program Teaches Youth Gardening and Life Skills

The Junior Master Gardener Program in Gaylord provides an opportunity for children in the area to experience hands-on learning, while gaining knowledge and skills that directly relate to environment,...more

Cartoon Network and LA Nonprofit Launch Mentorship Program for Autistic Artists

Cartoon Network Studios and Exceptional Minds have recently launched a digital-arts mentorship program for people with autism. The inaugural pilot program will pair more than 20 Exceptional Minds...more

HHS Awards $374 Million to Programs Supporting Maternal and Child Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced $351 million in funding to 56 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through its Maternal, Infant, and Early...more

$40 million Lilly Endowment Grant to Support STEM Students and Jobs
Foundation: Lilly Endowment

Purdue University recently announced a $40 million Lilly Endowment grant to Purdue Research Foundation. The grant aims to help create Purdue's Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex, a project...more

Can Online Preschool Program Prepare Children for Kindergarten?
Foundation: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Lilly Endowment

Purdue University recently announced a $40 million Lilly Endowment grant to Purdue Research Foundation. The grant aims to help create Purdue's Engineering and Polytechnic Gateway Complex, a project...more

Oxford Scholarship Goes to Aussie Social Enterprise Founder

Rangan Srikhanta, founder of Sydney-based One Education and its offshoot One Laptop per Child, is one of five individuals from around the world to be given a Skoll Scholarship to study an MBA at the...more





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