Help AUL build a College and Career Opportunity Fund
We're raising $7500 to help new AUL grads make the leap from education to opportunity.
Jared Polis Foundation is matching all donations 1-to-1, up to $7500!
Academy of Urban Learning is a small charter school that addresses the needs of students experiencing the challenges of homelessness and other unstable living situations. Now in its tenth year, AUL has established itself as a champion for at-risk youth struggling with unconventional backgrounds. In the 2014 - 2015 school year, they serve 111 students.
The AUL College and Career Opportunity Fund will provide traditional and non-traditional support scholarships to AUL graduates. Grads pursue post-secondary options from 4-year universities to community colleges, cosmetology, nursing, or other trade schools. Most AUL grads are without supplemental supports, making it difficult to remain in college or a trade program to successfully graduate. AUL will provide support services to graduates from the College and Career Opportunity Fund. Let's raise $7500 to make AUL graduates' lives better!
Categories of support include: Tuition, Housing/Furnishings, School Supplies, Clothing, Testing/Licensing Exams, Medical, Employment, Food, and more.
May 15, 2015
Approximate Costs of specific support:
- $25 Bedding, towels
- $25 Hygiene supplies
- $75 Interview and employment attire
- $50 Printer, Computer Supplies, School Supplies
- $60 Monthly bus or transit pass for commuting student/grad
- $100 CNA, Cosmetology, or other state Licensing examinations and study materials
- $100 Eye exams and a pair of glasses
- $150 Textbooks/semester/student
- $300 Monthly groceries
- $500 Laptop computer
- $1000 One semester tuition at local community college
- $2500 One semester tuition at Metro State College of Denver
- Roughly 25 AUL grads receive essential support to continue their academic success and turn it into real world opportunity
- Grads enter the community workforce, contributing and breaking the cycle of homelessness and welfare program enrollment
“If I can't pay it forward in this lifetime, there's really not a whole lot of point to me being on this earth,” Katie Symons wrote on her Beanstalk Leader application. It’s a powerful ultimatum to place on one’s own life, but Symons does it with a knowing smile.
The Academy of Urban Learning (AUL) is a Denver Public Schools' charter school that caters specifically to youth and younger adults in Denver (ages 16 - 21), working through grades 9 - 12, who are in at-risk, impoverished, and facing other difficult situations.