Education has always been a topic that sparks a flame of action in my heart. Taking an interest in education really means taking an interest in our students today. And while they may seem to be only young tots reading picture books or teenagers facing algebra problems at the board, they will one day be the adults tasked with responsibilities for our communities and our world – CEOs, mailmen, doctors, politicians, mothers, volunteers, and neighbors. However, due to a myriad of reasons and circumstances, not all students are provided with equal tools and levels of support needed in order to blossom and grow into educated individuals.
In many of my blog posts, I encourage you to discover an issue, cause, or topic you are concerned with or interested in helping making a difference for. If education is something you feel passionately about and want to explore options of making a significant investment in your life and in the lives of others, check out the options below to help make a difference in a student’s life today.
- City Year: Give a year and volunteer with public school students in one of 26 participating urban, impoverished communities in the U.S. or at one its overseas affiliates. Participating in this program is an opportunity to mentor and tutor students through full-time education support and after-school programs, as well as civic engagement like beautification of these communities and meeting various other community needs. Apply for City Year today.
- Teach for America: If you have interest in leading a classroom of young minds to success then Teach for America could be the perfect fit for you. Positioned in schools located in low-income communities, Teach for America teachers work to give students all the opportunities that come with great education. Through leadership, academic, and strong commitment, Teach for America is helping to raise the chances of these students becoming high school graduates. Apply today to be considered for Teach for America.
- Reading is Fundamental: “Experts estimate that nearly 40 percent of U.S. 4th graders do not achieve basic levels of reading proficiency,” according to Reading is Fundamental. Reading and writing are imperative to success later in life, and Reading is Fundamental volunteers are dedicated to helping students improve their literacy skills for the long run. If you’re passionate about reading and writing, volunteer to be part of Reading in Fundamental.
I can’t wait to see what our young, talented minds will do for our communities one day, thanks to the dedicated and selfless volunteers and leaders who take part in these programs.