NON PROFIT TO ASSIST CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS AFFORD COLLEGE
The Tassel is Worth the Hassle
ScholarCHIPS announces their kick off event set for Saturday, October 23. The Washington DC non profit is being created to help children of incarcerated parents afford a college education. Their goal is to raise enough money to award three $10,000 scholarships in the fall of 2011. ScholarCHIPS describes itself as a solution to a cyclical problem in an underserved population in DC.
The kick off event, which serves to inform the public of the organization’s mission and provide opportunities for community support, will be from 1-4pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 160 U St. NW — the corner of 2nd and U Street.
ScholarCHIPS encourages anyone interested to attend. The organization’s founders, students Yasmine Arrington and Niacka Carty, Aaron Jenkins of Operation Understanding, and Rev. Dr. Yvonne M. Cooper of Missing Link Ministry, will be speaking that afternoon to further explain the challenges children of incarcerated parents face.
“Teens with incarcerated parents. They fall into the same trap,” says Arrington. “They’ll end up in juvenile detention or they won’t have a desire to go to college.”
Attendees can also expect spoken word performances from additional students as well as refreshments. The criteria for the awards will be announced so even current students are invited to attend. Donations to ScholarCHIPS will be accepted that day but can also be made through the organization’s Facebook page or by contacting scholarCHIPSfund@gmail.com.
- At the present time there are no scholarships available for teens with incarcerated parents in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia area)
- In DC, 50% of high school students graduate and only 15% of those students attend college
- The average age of children with an incarcerated parent is eight years old
- Most children with incarcerated parents live in poverty before, during, and after their parents’ incarceration
- NPR interview (audio): http://wamu.org/audio/nw/10/05/n3100507-34272.ram
- Save the date: http://fearless-future.com/scholarCHIPS/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ScholarCHIPS
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/scholarCHIPS
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