BENEFITING: Beginning with Children Foundation, Inc.
Ashley is a junior in high school who plans to attend SUNY New Paltz in the fall and join their soccer team. She is looking to pursue an internship this summer and is interested in early childhood education and speech pathology. This is her fourth year as a summer intern, and interned at Flatbush Development Corporation (summer camp) the last two years and CenterLight Healthcare three years ago. She is active in soccer and softball and is a former Karate competitor. In school, she served as Student Council President and is also involved in community service. She is looking forward to continuing to develop leadership skills and build experience.
Donations will help Ashley work at her dream internship and cover living and other essential costs while working during the summer.
Founded two decades ago, the Beginning with Children Foundation has educated over 1,500 Brooklyn children in grades K-8. Our schools offer an innovative and rigorous curriculum and emphasize social and emotional development of the whole child. We support our K-8 "graduates" in their high school and college years with a comprehensive academic and career oriented Alumni Program.
90% of our Alumni graduate high school in four years, versus 66% for New York City. All of our Alumni are accepted to 2 and 4-year colleges, and typically receive half a million dollars in scholarship funding. Our Alumni Program includes academic tutoring, Regents and SAT Prep, college application support, campus visits, career panels, job shadowing opportunities and corporate mentoring programs.
A hallmark of the Alumni Program is our summer internship program. After a rigorous training course, BwCF places students at summer jobs with local non-profits and corporations. Students are exposed to fields of interest, to the norms of the professional world, and have the opportunity to develop greater independence and personal accountability.