I'm raising funds to educate single moms!
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I'm raising funds for a life-changing program that gives a single mom a critically needed education: breaking the cycle of poverty and helping her children to avoid crime, poverty and homelessness in the future.

Coming from generations of educators I am a firm believer in the power of education. In fact, I believe tha education is perhaps the greatest gift one can give. But unfortunately, far too many impoverished single mothers in Arizona lack the resources to get an education. That's where EARN comes in. This incredible organization (which I am proud to sit on the board of) helps provide these mothers with the tools (books, computers, internet access, childcare...) that give them the opportunity to succeed. Because to paraphrase that old proverb, it's one thing to give a mom a fish, but we'd rather help teach them to fish so that they may prosper for a lifetime. If you can find it in your heart, I ask that you please make a small donation or share this campaign so that we can help educate single moms and put them on the pathway to prosperity!

Educational Assistance Resources Network (E.A.R.N.) wrote:

THE CRISIS

In Arizona alone, over 200,000 children currently live in poverty, largely because their single parent household [over 80% are single mothers] is lacking a high school education (diploma or GED). The problem is so much larger on a national level.  This demographic represents one of the most vulnerable in our country to the imminent possibility of homelessness, unemployment and poverty with little hope of altering circumstances without reaching this essential milestone.

THE SOLUTION

The “Teach a Mom to Fish” initiative implemented by E.A.R.N. seeks to provide a proactive solution and affect real change.

It starts with an assessment to determine what is required to ensure successful completion.  This incorporates a complete framework and flexible system for single mothers to attain their high school diploma or GED.  TAMTF improves not only their current life circumstances, but also the lives of their children.  It reduces the rates of homelessness, unemployment and poverty within this low income demographic.  Additional support expands far beyond the core academic essentials to include childcare, transportation, online equipment, tutoring services and so much more.   It is a win-win-win for the community.

WHAT YOUR DONATION COVERS

While the circumstances of each Teach a Mom To Fish recipient may vary, all recipients are eligible to receive the following services:

  • Skills Assessment Test
  • Placement & Learning Plan
  • GED Preparation Program or High School Completion Program
  • Computer Equipment
  • Internet Access
  • GED Test (if applicable)
  • Child Care Assistance during program (if applicable)
  • Local Transportation to campus or testing site (if applicable)
  • and more. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP 

The program for one single mother costs $3,000. Together, we can change outcomes for future communities, one single mom (and her family) at a time. 

With just $3.33 a day, you will help empower one single mother to earn her essential high school credential; the program surrounds her with the infrastructure and lifeline she needs to finish.  Again, this includes essential instruction, tutoring, computer equipment, internet access, and so much more.

All it takes is 30 seconds to enter your credit card.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US IN PROVIDING EDUCATION FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is E.A.R.N. a nonprofit organization? 

Yes! Read more about E.A.R.N. on ed-assist.org.

 

Q: Will I get a tax receipt?

Yes! Your contribution is tax-deductible, to the full extent of the law.

 

Q: How did E.A.R.N. get started? 

The Educational Assistance Resources Network (E.A.R.N.) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2012 with the purpose of providing practical access/opportunities for low-income, or otherwise disadvantaged individuals, who are truly seeking a life change through education.  

In 2009, when David Hooser created Franklin Virtual High School, an online modality specializing in high school level education, he knew there was a significant gap in providing a total solution for many of the disadvantaged students attempting to enroll.  In 2012, with that vision in mind, he created E.A.R.N. to assist in providing both the financial and other critical support resources necessary to see a student through to completion. 

 

Q: How do you ensure participants "stick with the program?" 

At E.A.R.N. we believe in a hand UP, not a hand out.  As a result, our support service funding is sent directly to the service providers on behalf of the E.A.R.N. recipient.  Our recipients must “EARN” their education credential and aid through their continued commitment and follow-through. If a single mother student can’t consistently get to the classroom, E.A.R.N. programs can be delivered to her home.  Enhanced access results in shorter program completion times, therefore realizing increased completion rates.  Recipient qualification is based on student “real-life” circumstance(s), income level, individual desire, aptitude for learning, and ongoing (demonstrated) commitment.

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