"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime."
This old proverb best describeswhat we do and why we are doing it.
By providing disadvantaged youth with a college education, we are teaching them how to "fish", so that they can support themselves for their lifetime.
In the 3 Plano Senior High Schools, there are over 1,500 students living at or below the federally defined poverty levels. The numbers have steadily risen over the last decade.
Much published research confirms that in the vast majority of cases, poverty becomes a generational cycle. If as a child, you live in poverty, the likelihood is that you will become an adult living in poverty and your children will be born into poverty... thus repeating the cycle.
Growing numbers of young adults live in poverty around us. Their lives are focused on the desperate grind of just being able to survive from week to week; Without help, they won't be qualified to get livable wage jobs which is their only hope of escaping the cycle. .
The need is great but together we can equip them to work towards a better life; together we can give them a college education. Let's change the trajectories of their lives as well as those of their future generations.
"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
Derek Bok, former President of Harvard University