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The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation provides funding for The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls—South Africa, and is dedicated to helping its graduates attend colleges and universities. In December 2000, during a visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey pledged to build a school for girls in South Africa. In January 2007, the doors opened to The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls—South Africa. Through the foundation, Oprah has contributed to the empowerment of scores of girls and their families.
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Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic and social barriers. Research-based curricula delivered by trained mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls, ages 6 to 18, annually across the United States and Canada.
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National CARES Mentoring Movement
The National CARES Mentoring Movement, a community engagement movement, was created in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina with the goal of ensuring that our nation's impoverished children would be encircled by caring adults and offered a sure pathway out of poverty. Willing and present to help bring struggling children to promise is a growing army of CARES mentors, recruited, trained and deployed to schools and youth-serving organizations in desperate need of tutors, role models and inspiration. Research shows that mentoring is a low-cost, high-results solution to a deepening crisis and, when done well, can redirect even the most challenged youngsters' lives. Working through 58 local CARES Mentor-Recruitment Affiliates across the nation, National CARES has recruited more than 125,000 mentors. Presently, 3 million children are receiving mentoring services in the United States, and there are 15 million children in critical need of greater adult guidance and love. Deepening its commitment to secure and advance vulnerable youngsters, National CARES is building group-mentoring, consciousness-changing, replicable programs designed to override the crises that children in unstable communities face each day and that are derailing their lives. The National CARES Mentoring Movement's innovative Rising Initiatives focus on the social, emotional and academic development of children and the wellness of the adults who mentor, parent and guide them. Linking arms and aims with committed partners, and employing evidence-based programs and strategies, National CARES assures that all of our nation's children will soar and realize the full measure of their promise and dreams.
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Pathways to College
Pathways to College provides motivated teens with the information, guidance and support they need to become the best high school students, college applicants and college graduates they can be. Pathways has developed a successful strategy that links college access with school improvement. At each participating high school, up to 100 high-potential students with a broad range of academic accomplishments are identified and paired with committed teachers who work with students after school hours as a structured teaching/learning team. Pathways students are also coached to be intentional, productive school leaders who model success for their peers and demonstrate that a college degree is an achievable goal, thereby positively and demonstrably impacting their schools' climates. Since establishment as an independent nonprofit, in 2003, nearly 2,500 students have been enrolled, and 100 percent of graduates have been accepted by at least one college.
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U.S. Dream Academy
Established in 1998, U.S. Dream Academy is a national after-school and mentoring program that helps our nation's children reach for their dreams. The program empowers those children most at risk of incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology. The vision is to create an army of young men and women with positive dreams for their lives, equipped with the tools to make those dreams a reality. U.S. Dream Academy's newest initiative is focused on accelerating the reading levels of third-grade students using innovative and research-based reading strategies combined with positive youth development principles. U.S. Dream Academy seeks to increase the protective factors and academic performance of its students to ensure successful graduation from high school. Academic achievement deceases the risk of future incarceration significantly.
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