Support New York City High School Students

Goal: $ 5000

No of Donation: 60

 

 

Goal: $ 5000
Amount Raised: $ 5380
Remaining : $
No of Donation : 60
Category : Education
Url : http://www.peaceislands.org
Contact Number : 212-510-8644
Address : 535 Fifth Ave
State : New York
City : New York
Country : US
Zipcode : 10017

Challenge

79% of New York City public school students come from low-income households. This high poverty level is compounded by underresourced schools. Less than 35% of the NYC DOE budget is used to purchase supplies for the classroom. A recent study by NEA reveals NYC public schools lag behind in building students' global competency. Our program will address this issue by filling the educational/resource gap to offer an innovative, holistic program that exposes low-income students to global issues.

Solution

Since 2004, the Peace Islands Institute has proven its commitment to social change by hosting policy panels,book signings, luncheons, forums, diversity art contests, interfaith dinners and youth programs. We provide a platform for alternative viewpoints to bring people of different ethnicities, races, nationalities, religions and cultures together. Our programs attract distinguished speakers including former presidents, ambassadors congressional leaders and award-winning writers.
We are concerned about the number of underfunded public schools in New York City. Less than 35% of the city's education budget goes toward purchasing new supplies. We seek to enrich the classroom experience by providing workshops, field trips and academic mentors to the city's most in-need children. Our strategy is to expose students who normally would not have the opportunity to learn and research global issues with the long-term goal of improving students' academic outcomes.

Long-Term Impact

There are social and academic benefits to this program. Through exposure to global topics and critical thinking exercises, our participants will improve classroom outcomes like GPA, attendance, and speaking skills. Socially our program will empower students to speak confidently about global issues and to learn the strategies of peace building to become global citizens.

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