Quality education is a basic human right—yet, children living in poverty and compromised conditions are the least likely to attend and complete school. Millions are not attending school or are struggling to stay in school because they are poor or because they are working the streets—or because they are girls. The challenges in accessing continuous quality education are far and wide for children in foster care, subsidized households, and vulnerable communities. Students in low-income schools often do not have access to the academic tools and competitive programs they need to fully test their potential.
Through our two flagship initiatives, Coloring Futures and Bridging Gaps, Yours Humanly transforms the lives of children in need around the world by providing access to quality education and equitable resources—pathways to better, brighter futures.
Our most meaningful and impactful international effort is our K-12 Scholarship program, which enables student enrollment of underprivileged children around the world. By partnering with local schools and monitoring progress regularly, we are able to cover the full costs of tuition, uniforms, mid-day meals, books, study materials, school supplies, and all other educational needs for students served by Yours Humanly from placement through 12th grade graduation. We also cover boarding school fees when students have no home or family. Literally from the streets to the classroom, we remove children from harm’s way, enroll them in school, and fully support their educational experience through graduation.
STEM and Arts Programs
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Arts education teaches students the skills they need to be productive and successful in 21st century communities, societies, and workplaces. The STEM and Arts classroom integrates teaching and learning interdisciplinary studies through hands-on, purposeful, and real-world activities and experiences, where students learn critical thinking, collaboration, communication, experimentation, and resilience. We fund and build upon STEM and Arts programs and provide STEM kits, math kits, and art supplies to encourage student engagement, innovation, and success beyond the classroom.
Reading is at the heart of all education, encouraging academic success and a love of learning. Reading opens doors to new worlds, builds self-confidence and independence, and strengthens vocabulary and communications skills, setting children on paths to bright futures full of potential. We host literacy programs to promote reading, parent engagement, and opportunities for community involvement in local schools. We donate classroom reading books and bilingual books to grow classroom libraries and encourage reading at home. Internationally, we place English instructors where needed to strengthen bilingual language competencies and provide bilingual books to support program success.
After School and Enrichment Programs
After school and enrichment programs provide environments for students to further grow academically and socially outside the classroom and school day. After school programs build upon what students are already learning in the classroom through creative and challenging hands-on projects and activities. We provide assistance with after school programs to support and reinforce classroom curricula; and we fund the continuation of extracurricular activities that promote enrichment and well roundedness, such as after school help with homework, computer education, and English classes for ESL learners.
Computers, Internet, and Technology
In the high-tech 21st century characterized by a global economy that communicates and conducts business without the limitations of geography or time zones, computers are integral to every aspect of modern society. Computer education, therefore, plays a critical role in a child’s academic career and in his or her world outside formal education. Computers and ancillary technology are powerful tools to gain knowledge, learn new skills, and compete in and outside the classroom. To help close the digital divide, we fund the purchase of computers and ancillary technology for individual use; we fund new computer labs for group use; and we provide computer science instructors, where needed, to advance technological literacy.
Books, Backpacks, and School Supplies
Education is hands on: Students need books, backpacks, and school supplies to do their work in the classroom and continue their studies at home. Though these are basic ingredients for any child’s education, too many children attend school without the standard supplies, having to share pencils and erasers and notebooks. When students don’t have the school supplies they need for learning in the classroom or online, learning doesn’t happen. We fund the purchase of books, backpacks, school supplies, and other educational materials for students, classrooms, and schools to bridge the gaps between available resources and need.
The physical state of classrooms and schools deeply affects student comfort, engagement, and ability to focus and learn. When the classroom is too hot or too cold, when there are not enough chairs for all students, when the ventilation is poor, learning is lost and students suffer. We fund basic facility needs that are deemed necessary to establish and maintain safe and effective learning environments, such as fans, electricity, classroom rugs, and storage and shelving for educational supplies.