Many of us have made it through earthquakes, fires, floods, the dot-com bust, 9/11 and the Great Recession. We will also make it through this. I want to encourage us all to choose courage over fear, peace over panic and generosity over hoarding. Remember to reach out and care for one another in this new normal.
There will be a day when we look back and realize that we were stronger than we thought and we make it through this season because we made our decisions with the intention of serving others rather than self-preservation. Yes, please be sure that you and your family are okay and make wise decisions, but also think of those who may be struggling, who are more afraid than you, who are more vulnerable than you. How can you bring strength to them at this moment?
Here’s how we are bringing strength to our youth with the greatest need right now, our Continuation High School students:
- We will be providing full mentoring services. Our amazing Instructors will check in with mentees once a week over the phone and/or Zoom to provide them with encouragement as they try to stay on track with their core online classes.
- College applications and FAFSA will still be completed by mentees graduating in June 2020. Instructors will continue making sure college applications, promises, DACA, and FAFSA will be completed to ensure students will not fall behind or become at-risk to not enroll in college.
- Sharefest instructors will reach out to all of our Continuation students to see what support they need and assist in any way they can by pointing them to resources in their community that they may not know about
One of my favorite pastors and authors, Erwin McManus, recently said, “Our best moments are when we rise up and stand together and we remind the world that the future is filled with hope.” I couldn’t agree more.
Thank you for standing together with us. Thank you for believing the future of Sharefest and our students is filled with hope. We are so grateful for your commitment to be the strength our students need in this moment.