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The Dreams of Children

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THE STORY:

Here's the problem A new report shows that about one in 30 American children was homeless at some point last year. That's about 2.5 million kids, and an 8 percent increase to "a historic high," according to the study from the National Center on Family Homelessness. Just over half are younger than six years old. These children will not get the opportunities to achieve their dreams because of lack of support or money. Here’s how we solve the problem We engage children in their neighborhoods by providing them with the resources they need to be successful. Food, clothing, shelter, education and opportunities to succeed. SPARKLE Youth Tour Ensemble - Our plan is to tour our best and the brightest students around the country to raise awareness about homelessness and other poverty but shows how we can change their circumstances. Participants will be trained by scholars, professional athletes, and artists to become experts at their natural talents. Students will be SPARKLE ambassadors visiting public and private schools, universities, colleges, municipalities around the world to perform and talk about their education at our camp, programs, and school. SPARKLE Enrichment Programs - Our plan is to conduct after school and summer camps to introduce younger students to SPARKLE Virtual School Experience. We are currently testing this model at three community centers: an affluent community, middle-class constituents, an impoverished area. Empirical data will be captured and compared between the three constituencies. SPARKLE Virtual School Experience - Currently, we have three warehouses, each contains a component of SPARKLE which is a homeschool model. Warehouse #1: Have virtual classrooms where bean bags, chairs, and folding tables exist and students make their own learning environment. Aquaponics, earth science, and robotics are taught in a 5000 so. ft. space. Jr. Toastmasters, Beta, 4H, Chess, and Debate Clubs are offered as extracurricular activities. We also collect donations from our corporate sponsors and the community to be re-purposed to children and their families. Warehouse #2: Contains a computer lab which is already internet accessible. In this center, we will conduct cultural immersion podcasts with students from Ghana, Russia, Japan, India, China, Australia, etc. (we have an ambassador on his way to Ghana as we speak to set up relationships with two schools, three libraries, and a community center.) Warehouse #3: Contains studios for dance, visual arts, photography, videography, recording. There are a stage and 16 ft. movie screen in a 3500 so. ft. entertainment facility. We also have a pilot program with a large church to conduct a summer camp, after-school and enrichment programs

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