Recently, Jeff Bezos tweeted to the world a “request for ideas…” and has received more than 43,000 responses.
It is no surprise to any philanthropic individual that Mr. Bezos may be conflicted about which organization is most deserving of his donation. Like any good investor, he would like his investment to have
I have a proposal for altruistic individuals such as Mr. Bezos— looking to satisfy that desire for helping in the here and now, but with a lasting impact. Give adults the chance to earn their high school diploma and a certification, empowering them to secure a living wage, and breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
Thirty million adults in the U.S. lack a high school diploma and more than 3 million people drop out annually. This persistent problem leaves a significant portion of the population unprepared to succeed in the 21st-century workforce and increasingly difficult to earn family-sustaining wages. Nearly two-thirds of adults who do not complete high school
The Excel Center is a unique, tuition-free public high school, providing adults who previously dropped out the opportunity to
To you, Jeff Bezos, we extend an invitation to explore our proposal. Determine if changing the trajectory of a family’s future through education is a good fit for your own philanthropic activity. You help the here and now by providing an adult the opportunity to graduate high school and gain a better career.In the long term, you’re helping set their children on the path of higher education and higher earnings, effectively making a generational impact on the world you live in, not to mention, increasing the purchasing power of your future Amazon and Whole Foods shoppers.
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3. Bridgeland, J.M., DiIulio, J.J., & Morison, K.B. (2006). The Silent Epidemic Perspectives on High School Dropouts. Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED513444
4. Bridgeland, J.M., DiIulio, J.J., & Morison, K.B. (2006). The Silent Epidemic Perspectives on High School Dropouts. Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED513444