Why It Matters

In fall 2019, we listened to many of our nonprofit partners and asked for their feedback for what kind of support for the youth they serve would be helpful. In addition, we sought to create goals that could incorporate our post-secondary scholarships and our Send A Kid To Camp program.

We developed the following goals for our funding in Education & Youth:

  • To support youth ages 5-24 in developing their leadership capacity and ability to be involved in their community;
  • To support them completing their current educational track; and
  • Increase the number of youth able to both access and complete post-secondary education.

We’ve been in awe of the resilience of the students in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we know that the effects, including learning loss, are likely to be long-term. This fall, we’re focusing on recovery - and we know that our youth will be key to helping our communities thrive post-pandemic.

We’ve been inspired by the many creative ways nonprofits in our community have worked with students and their families during this uncertain, tumultuous time. We look forward to continuing our role as a partner in this work.

 

We're Working To

Increase the number of youth-led and informed initiatives

Increase the percent of youth completing their current educational track

Increase the percent of youth able to access and complete post-secondary education

Meet Our 2021-2022 Scholarship Recipient Advisory Committee

RJ Brown

School: NC State University

Major: Technology, Engineering, and Design Education - Graphic Communications

Career Goals: I love all things tech! My major allows me the opportunity to practically do anything related to graphics, animations, or just about anything in all of the engineering fields.

I decided to serve on this committee to not only represent diversity in the area but to be a voice for students who feel like they do not have support. I hope to gain many connections across the Raleigh area through this committee. With those connections, I hope to be able to bless others by helping my fellow young people find those they find inspirational.

 

RJ Brown

Suwan Na

School: Wake Technical Community College

Major: Business

Career Goals: After graduation, I want to go to medical school to become a pediatric oncologist. I want a career that will help people, especially kids, feel better on the inside and out. I want to inspire them to live life to the fullest. I am exploring my options, but I know I want to help people through science.

I joined this committee because I hope to meet new people as well as get inspiration from other people serving on the committee. I am serving on the committee to help students like me in the future. I want to give them the opportunity to be able to go to school and get a career that they love.

Suwan Na School: Wake Technical Community College Major: Biology Expected Graduation: May 2024 Career Goals: After graduation from a 4-year university, I want to go to Med school to get my professional degree. Then I will become a pediatric oncologist. I want a career that will help people, especially kids feel better on the inside and out. I want to inspire them to live life to the fullest. I am exploring my options but I know I want to help people through science. I joined this committee because hope to meet new people as well as get inspiration from other people serving on the same program as me. I would like to be a part of serving the committee to help students like me in the future. I want to give them the opportunity to be able to go to school and get a career that they love.

Aiyana Lynch

School: UNC-Pembroke

Major: Nursing, Minors in Health Promotion & American Indian Studies

Career Goals: As an enrolled member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, I have the desire to return to Hollister, NC and work in my tribal community with my people. By working daily in my tribal community using my knowledge obtained in college, I hope to make positive contributions to all those I serve and hope to inspire other Haliwa-Saponi youth to pursue a college education!

I am serving on this committee to represent the Native American population across the state of North Carolina. I look at this opportunity as my chance to be a positive role model to Native students across the state!

Aline Nyamucho

School: UNC Greensboro

Major: Nursing

Career Goals: I love helping people and I hope to one day employ my understanding and compassion for those experiencing suffering and pain by working as a nurse.

I'm serving on this committee to build a community and find resources. It is also a great opportunity for me to be able to help other students like me by sharing my experience.

Aiyana Lynch
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Student Assistance Fund

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation set up the Student Assistance Fund for current scholarship recipients, providing one-time cash assistance to eligible students to assist with needs that would otherwise hinder them from completing their academic program. Grants are being made on a rolling basis, and we've heard such gratitude from students upon receipt. We are excited to continue offering this assistance in the 2021-2022 academic year to support our scholars as they pursue their educational goals.

If you would like to contribute to this fund so that we can make additional grants, please make a gift to our Fund for the Triangle and denote Student Assistance Fund.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this contribution to my housing. I’ve been in tears since I got the approval email. The weight of the world is just a little bit lighter because of this. Thank you so much again, I just can’t thank the Foundation enough."

The Immense Impact COVID-19 has had on Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected students in our region. From concerns over learning loss, food insecurity, and scholarship restrictions to housing and mental health factors, students of all ages have had to make unexpected changes amid an uncertain future. In episode 4 of the What Matters Video Podcast, our guests highlight some of the challenges that students have had to make, and what's still needed to ensure they can all thrive.

Learning During COVID: What’s Changed and Where Are We Going?

Foundation host Sarah Battersby welcomes guests Tych Cowdin from Communities in Schools of Chatham County, Ricky Hurtado from LatinxEd, and Adeja Cheek, our current Scholarship Intern to discuss Learning During COVID: What’s Changed and Where Are We Going? Click the video above to watch or find this month’s episode on our Spotify or Apple Podcast channels.