Because giving is a part of the journey!
Education should be a human right; unfortunately, it is a privilege. Education has the power to improve lives and lineages. Countless students around the world do not have access to education. Educational inequality is pervasive and has a greater impact on students from traditionally under-resourced communities (i.e., students of color, LGBT students, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds). Collectively, we can make a difference.
Each month, For Chambers will donate a percentage of proceeds to an education organization that supports students from under-resourced communities. We included a list below (listed in chronological order of our donations) of education organizations that we have supported so far (we launched March 2020).
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After-School All-Stars Atlanta (ASAS Atlanta) began in 1994 and provides free, comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. Additionally, about three years ago, ASAS Atlanta implemented their hot supper program with the intention of instilling healthy habits. Each evening, every student is able to sit down to a hot meal alongside peers and mentors. 100% of the students in the program qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program, which is an indicator of family income at or below the poverty line, so getting a healthy dinner on the table is a challenge for many of the families. Due to COVID-19, these programs were suspended, yet ASAS continued to support students by providing resources for at-home learning (https://afterschoolallstars.org/).
Georgia State University Emergency Assistance Fund was created to help relieve strain for Georgia State students due to negative life changes. Student Financial Services began administering assistance grants in 2017, primarily with funding from corporate and foundation donors. The program was expanded in 2019 to reach more individual donors and create a broader base of support for Georgia State’s students in need. Donors can and have given in amounts large and small. The money is used to help eligible students with non-academic expenses such as emergency food and housing (https://deanofstudents.gsu.edu/student-assistance/emergency-assistance/).
True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people. In the United States, 4.2 million youth experience homelessness each year, with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. True Colors United is committed to changing that statistics (https://truecolorsunited.org/about/).
A Mother's Harvest is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2020 and located in Atlanta, GA. A Mother’s Harvest mission is to make lives better a mother at a time by supporting single mothers on the road to greater independence by providing hygience products and gently used clothing, networking opportunities, and life coaching services for them and their children (https://amothersharvestinc.life/).
Dumanis S.P.A.R.K.E!, pronounced (Doo-nuh-miss), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a youth empowerment nonprofit that exists to help youths identify and speak truth to their own sense of greatness and personal excellence while concurrently inspiring greatness and hope within the hearts and minds of subsequent generations of youth. Dunamis S.P.A.R.K.E! facilitates a 3-tier programming model that is geared towards the promotion of STEAM (eSTEAM; Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning experiences, targeted mentorship and character development (Project EXCELLENCE), and community-mindedness and involvement (Stewards of Global Change) (https://www.instagram.com/dunamissparke/).
Global Education Foundation is a non-profit association that takes a strategic, strengths based approach to addressing systemic racism that involves creating counter narratives through intercultural collaborative opportunities. GEF is committed to developing self sustainable initiatives, like their youth educational journeys to Ethiopia, through collaboration with local communities (https://www.globaleducationfoundationinc.org/).
We Lead Ours (WELO) is a non-profit organization, based in Oakland, California, that provides children with enrichment programs that use hands-on learning experiences to nurture life skills that focus on; career exploration, civic leadership, college preparation, and health and wellness. WELO has a proven track record for responsible community building and development. At WELO, youth are exposed to positive, enriching environments filled with educational, community, and service orientated activities - activities that help build self-esteem, good communication, and strong personal values (https://www.weleadours.org/).
One Hope United, founded in 1895, is a multistate nonprofit that helps children and families build the skills to live life without limits. They serve over 10,000 children and families each year through education centers, child and family services, counseling, and residential programs. With their evidence-based and trauma-informed practices, they empower children and families to see and create a future where, regardless of their past, they can reach their full potential (https://onehopeunited.org/).
Soccer in the Streets is a not-for-profit organization that works to develop young leaders so they can lead rich lives and cultivate healthy communities through sports-based youth development. Core to its mission is to drive forward social equity by providing better access to opportunity and overcome the barriers of privilege. Founded in 1989 in Atlanta, the organization reaches kids through soccer play, work-readiness training, hands-on experiential activities, and participation in youth leadership councils. The organization is gaining worldwide recognition for its StationSoccer initiative – which builds soccer fields and community classrooms in and around metro transit hubs (https://www.soccerstreets.org/).
The Atlanta Music Project, founded in 2010, provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. The Atlanta Music Project believes the pursuit of musical excellence leads to the development of confidence, creativity and ambition, thus sparking positive social change in the individuals and the communities we serve (https://www.atlantamusicproject.org/).