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GREEN HILLS COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY's Fundraiser:

The Youth Laptop Initiative

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THE STORY:

Green Hills Community Action Agency Workforce Investment Act Youth Program helps young adults, ages 14-21, gain skills needed for employment and post-secondary education. The population we serve are students from low-income families with barriers to success such as deficiency in basic skills, pregnant and/or parenting, disabled, or homeless, as well as students at risk of dropping out of school OR those who are already high school drop outs.

At Green Hills Community Action agency we teach these students the basic skills needed to obtain employment, help them graduate high school, and hopefully continue their education at a post-secondary or vocational school. We currently have a total of 18 youth enrolled in the program.

The WIA Youth Grant, from which we operate, does not allow us to purchase important educational items such as laptops for our participants. The population we serve cannot easily afford to purchase such items when they are ready to enter college and we feel that these laptops would be invaluable to our students in furthering their educations.

We propose to purchase an affordable, mid-range laptop computer for our enrolled students (based on pricing of available systems at time of purchase) which we feel have shown exemplary progress during their enrollment period in the WIA Youth Program. These students will be in their last year of high school or preparing to enter college, and will be currently residing in a qualifying, low-income home within our service area.

The young adults involved in our program are encouraged on a regular basis to continue their education in high school and beyond. When the youth in our area graduate high school and go on to be successful in college, and beyond, the entire community benefits. Educated young people go on to become the successful work force of tomorrow, the business owners, the doctors, or scientists. Helping these students, who otherwise already face so many barriers to success, get ahead in any way, will only lend them the confidence they need to become happy, productive members of society.

The funding from this grant, if awarded, will be used toward the purchase of an affordable laptop for the top-performing student(s) enrolled in the WIA Youth program through our agency. These will be young adults who will be entering college within the next several months to a year.

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