During these unprecedented times, Fostering High-Quality Education for All is honored to support underserved students in Central Florida, help close learning gaps, and provide vital services to elementary, middle, and high school students during these uncertain times. Our organization has prioritized ensuring our programs are "accessible," not just "available," by providing transportation to students. Hence, they have the opportunity to benefit from the innovative programming offerings. Additionally, in order to execute our relationships and partnerships with individual underserved schools, it is understood that every supplemental activity or program performed will promote equity by making programs more accessible by providing content in sync with student needs and purposefully designing out-of-school-time programs to meet the specific and diverse needs of our students. This is carried out by integrating school-day equity supports into Out-of-School Time programs, such as professional development opportunities, culturally responsive/sustaining programming, and mental health supports.
Post-pandemic, we are committed to supporting remediation and literacy programs to keep our students up from being behind due to the year and a half of academic learning loss from digital learning and school closures during the pandemic. 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. Most importantly, we also provide high-impact and high-dosage tutoring to provide targeted tutoring to our struggling population of students who might be struggling more in one subject area than another, along with High-Quality Materials and Supports for intensive outside-the-school-day learning opportunities and summer enrichment programs that will help close learning gaps and address students' academic and youth development needs.
Our tutoring and enrichment programs will impact our students' academic and youth development needs. Our programming will concentrate on literacy, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and civics; while being supported by data-driven analysis from assessment results. The personalized attention our students will receive will help pinpoint the root causes of their struggles while bridging gaps that will set up our students for a future of academic success and lead to the goal of improving grade-level reading by the end of our programming.
Our literacy programs will engage research-based practices and implement literacy-rich schedules for identified students that would benefit from these additional supports. In addition, our tutors will utilize high-quality materials and practices to ensure every student understands phonics, basic reading skills, vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, word meaning, critical thinking skills, and other identified needs.
Our high-school program provides free PERT, SAT, and ACT testing preparation study guides and tutoring, complimentary breakfast and 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. Our high school programming will build critical thinking skills, which will be used in our student's future higher education and post-high-school career endeavors.
Fostering Hope for All
Fostering Hope for All ensures that homeless children and youth have access to food, clothing, shelter, supplemental education, and other wraparound services to meet our vulnerable students' needs. We also partner with school districts to collaborate and advocate for homeless students to provide hope and maintain stability for students and their families who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. In addition, we provide food pantries and healthy snacks to homeless and needy families at schools, churches, and community partners throughout Central Florida. Our program's feeding portion is a critical component of our program, which is used to fight against hunger and food insecurity in our community. Implementing high-quality food programs in impoverished areas effectively promotes higher academic performance, lower absenteeism rates, higher mental and physical health outcomes, and improved behavior. Unfortunately, our community suffers from extreme food insecurity despite the thousands of meals we provide yearly. Currently, we are partnering with two large school districts, health organizations, and local nonprofits to provide our disadvantaged students with meals and healthy snacks for the entire school year and beyond.
Helping the Helpers
Foster Grants and Giving Inc. makes Community Collaboration with community leaders, nonprofits, schools, local school districts, churches, small businesses, and social agencies a priority for our company. Our slogan is "Helping the Helpers" because we collaborate and do everything humanly possible to provide aid where it is needed the most with dedication and understanding of humanity and care. Collaboration with community leaders, businesses, programs, volunteers, and social agencies is invaluable for our program, which provides all the necessary support and wraparound services for our students.