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This month, we highlight the Academy of Hope, a local nonprofit organization, which focuses on providing basic education to the marginalized adult populations of the Washington, D.C. area.

Academy of HopeThe educational inequality between marginalized adults and the rest of the adult population is no starker than in Washington, DC, where one-third of adults are considered illiterate and one-in-five lack a high school diploma. Thirty years ago, two teachers, Maria Hilfiker and Gayle Boss, set out to take the first steps toward breaking the cycle of poverty that has flourished in the Washington, DC region in large part due to the lack of access to education and opportunity to learn basic life skills. The teachers founded the Academy of Hope with a vision to change lives and improve communities by providing high-quality basic education to adult learners.

The academy provides a continuum of services ranging from adult basic education to workplace skills and literacy training programs. Academy of Hope programs are accessible to adults with limited financial resources. Students can volunteer in exchange for enrollment or pay a $30 fee per semester.

AOH students are empowered to continue their education after completing these programs, with some 60% of graduates attending college, vocational training or other higher education. Since its founding in 1985, AOH has helped 6,000 adults improve basic reading, writing, math and computer skills.

AOH has made significant progress toward improving the educational opportunities available to adults, who in turn are more likely to become invested in their children’s education and future. 53% of parents who participated in AOH’s programs say that they are more involved in their children’s education.  AOH believes that parental involvement in their children’s education is a crucial first step towards breaking the cycle of poverty.  The need for adult education programs is still as important today as it was 30 years ago.

To learn more about the about the important programs offered by Academy of Hope, visit their website.

10th December 2014        Holiday Giving     , ,     No comments yet

The Conover + Gould team will be donating to eleven nonprofits in the spirit of giving back during the holiday season. During the month of December, each team member will be blogging about his or her chosen nonprofit. For his gift, Jon chose Heifer International.

Heifer InternationalFor 70 years, Heifer International’s mission has been to end world hunger and poverty. In more than 125 countries, Heifer partners with communities to bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas stricken by poverty. Families are provided with training and the resources, whether seeds or livestock to help secure a stable food supply and a reliable income. Agriculture products such as milks, eggs and honey are then traded or sold in the market.

Heifer’s core model is Passing the Gift. When families have successfully established their projects or completed training, and have become self-sufficient, they pass along their knowledge or become donors themselves. In the case of livestock, a family passes on the first female offspring to another family, who subsequently will share the fruits of their labor with others.

Heifer believes in providing its partners with the resources, tools and knowledge to become self-sufficient over the long-term. The nonprofit educates its partners to use best practices that benefit the health and welfare of livestock, improve the environment, and foster the equal participation of both women and men in building a better world.

I have chosen Heifer International in order to support their mission of lifting families out of poverty and fighting to end world hunger. Click here to donate to Heifer International.