BENEFITING: One Chance Illinois
High-ability, low-income kids are more likely to be trapped in schools with limited resources—schools where the teacher’s attention is often focused on struggling students. That’s important, because kids from low-income backgrounds are often dependent on the school system to identify and cultivate them to maximize their potential.
When gifted students aren’t identified, they face increased risk for dropping out of school and not realizing their full potential. While most of the country is fixated on stories about Chicago’s violence epidemic, we turned our attention to finding Chicago’s diamonds in the rough. In the midst of the chaos, we know there are brilliant children in need.
In the few programs for gifted children that exist:
- Black students are under-represented by 31%
- Latino students are under-represented by 52%
- Low-income students are under-represented by 42%
How do we plan to tackle the issue?
- Make parents aware that they can take the lead on screening through a PR campaign
- Many scholarship granting organizations lament that they struggle to find kids/families. Let’s make the initial connection for them and inspire them to expand their efforts
- Shine a light publicly on the issue and put pressure on the system to do better by our best and brightest.
More specifically we will:
- Conduct targeted media campaign: “Is my child gifted?”
- Screen at least 100 PreK- 9th graders
- Connect students and families to services
- Leverage results to pass policy that closes the gap and restores funding