FOSTERING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR ALL

Immediate Need

Our priority has also shifted to serving under-served students negatively impacted by COVID and promoting supplemental programs and services that will allow our kids to catch up pre-pandemic. Research has shown that students have lost out on learning time throughout the pandemic and been less engaged in their classes. Emerging evidence shows that many of our underserved students have fallen behind this year and may need to repeat a grade. Meanwhile, teachers in the highest-poverty schools and schools serving the most students of color—which were more likely to be fully remote for most of the school year—were more likely to report adverse student outcomes, such as students not completing assignments and failing courses. We will support Literacy and Remediation programs throughout Central Florida to the neediest of the needy. With our students already facing insurmountable odds, we will continue to provide laptops, internet access, books, and family tutorials on connecting and navigating through digital learning if school closures occur again. If we do not get these students the proper help and services, they will fall two to three years behind their grade levels, take a gap year, and never attend college.

 

About Us

During these unprecedented times, Fostering Higher Education for All is honored to support students in Central Florida, help close learning gaps, and provide vital services to support elementary, middle, and high school students' well-being during these uncertain times. Post pandemic, we are committed to supporting remediation and literacy programs to catch our students up from being behind due to the year and a half of academic learning loss from digital learning due to COVID. In addition, we provide brand new books to underserved students and books to schools that serve low-income African Americans and students of color to create classroom libraries. We are also committed to making sure every student has a laptop and connectivity to complete assignments and work from home if another school closure occurs. We will also make sure low-income private schools that do not receive state funding can be one-on-one technology schools where every student will have laptops to take to and from school every day. We are also in the process of partnering with various telephone and digital providers to provide connectivity to students across three counties, Osceola, Orange, and Polk. Our goal is to provide mobile internet devices, including hotspots, to students who lack home internet access. Our high-school program provides free SAT/ACT testing preparation, free breakfast, and free lunch during tutoring sessions, scientific calculators, up to five free college books for their first semester of college, gas cards, paid college application costs, and ACT/SAT waivers. 
 

High School Services

  1. Providing strategies, advice, support, and guidance to students and their families from the application process throughout their time in high school, making the best-individualized choice for college.

  2. Assisting students in identifying resources for scholarships and financial aid for colleges and universities.

  3. Setting up ACT/SAT testing accounts.

  4. ACT/SAT test preparation/payment assistance.

  5. Setting short-term and long-term academic and career goals.

  6. Preparing Letters of Recommendation.

  7. Mentoring services.

  8. Armed Forces Recruitment Liaisons and ASWAB test preparation.

Program Goals

 

  1. Providing books to underserved students to support literacy to combat learning gaps due to Covid and post-pandemic education slides.

  2. Providing books to schools to build classroom libraries as well as supporting literacy programs to combat learning gaps due to Covid and post-pandemic education slides.

  3. Providing laptops to students and underfunded schools to allow every student to have one-on-one computer access and the ability to work from home in case school closures occur again.

  4. Prioritizing the connection and well-being of our children and community.

  5. Ensuring homeless children having access to education and other services that meet the same standards to which all students are held.

  6. Ensuring all high school students of every race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and all socioeconomic levels have accurate information, tools, knowledge, and opportunity to attend the country's best colleges. 

  7. Extending connectivity to students from underserved communities who need to participate in distance learning due to COVID-19 and related school closures.

  8. Getting 99%-100% of our students into some College (Technical, Vocational, community, junior, or universities).

  9. Ensuring children have access to academically enriching activities, which helps close the opportunity gap between higher-income and lower-income families.