The YouthCharge Education Board is comprised of high school-aged youth from around the Denver/Boulder metro areas. They are raising money to support youth-serving organizations that meet at least one of the following needs in Colorado and the US:
Over 65,000 students in the United States do not have internet access at home, and only 46% of eighth grade students scored at or above proficiency for computer skills. Input from community members in Colorado have highlighted a serious tech equitability gap for Colorado middle and high school students. During this pandemic, this issue has been exacerbated through the necessity of personal devices and high speed internet access.
Quality of Education during the Pandemic
Pre-existing achievement gaps are prevalent in Colorado's education system for students. Low-income, Black, and Hispanic students face 10-12 months of missed learning time in distance learning compared to a 6 month loss for their white and/or higher income peers. Students from lower socioeconomic households face barriers to a quality education that their peers from higher socioeconomic households do not, and these barriers are exacerbated by the unique challenges brought on by the pandemic.
Access to Support Outside of School
Colorado students’ much-needed access to support during this time is very inequitable. The current national average of student to counselor ratio is currently 430-1, making it difficult for in-school counselors to provide quality emotional and academic support to all their students. To address this problem, we would like to fund organizations that provide emotional and/or academic support for students outside of school.
To learn more about the YouthCharge program, please visit: https://youthroots.org/youthcharge/
Donations sent through GoFundMe Charity will be sent to YouthRoots, who will then distribute 100% of the funds to the board's chosen winning nonprofits at the end of the program in February 2021.