“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.” – Desmond Tutu
In 2017, CauseEDU launched with the goal of helping the millions of college students who drop out of school every year due to not having enough money (almost 30% of students who start school will drop out because of finances). We just celebrated our first year of operation, and while we’ve learned (and done) a lot in the past twelve months, one thing that has been pulling at us is the desire to do more.
This month, we officially launched Partners in Education Philanthropy (P.E.P.), a nonprofit organization that will act as an extension of the work we do at CauseEDU. The first order of business: C.H.O.I.C.E.S., a financial literacy program designed specifically for high school and college students and their families. While providing financial literacy sessions and writing articles on how to budget for school, we found that students and their families need so much more, and C.H.O.I.C.E.S. is designed to provide it. The program will host free workshops for students and their families across the country, with topics such as how to determine the true cost of attending college, how to develop a budget for school, and how to pay for school (beyond the typical scholarship and student loan conversations), and will provide low cost counseling services to students and their families who need individualized help setting out a plan to fund their education. Our goal in providing these services is to help students avoid the pitfalls that cause them to need last-minute funding or, worse, drop out of school because they can’t afford to pay.
Students who participate in C.H.O.I.C.E.S. will be eligible to apply for education funding through the new CauseEDU Scholars program, which provides scholarships for students attending post-secondary programs (both certificate and degree programs) in the U.S.
We are currently raising $5,000 for Partners in Education Philanthropy, which will be used to cover the remaining costs of programs for the spring semester. We’re thankful for those who have supported us thus far, and look forward to continuing on our journey to help students complete their education. For more information or to donate, please visit our campaign page.