Ohana of Howard County, Inc. (OhanaHC) will pilot a community building program that will help some of our most under served children in Howard County. OhanaHC is modeled on the amazing work of Sarah Hemminger and Thread (www.Thread.org).
Here is how the concept works. Incoming 9th grade students who demonstrate deep academic needs, such as ranking in the lowest 25th percentile on grades, commit to OhanaHC for 10 years. An extended community family, an Ohana, is created where up to four or five volunteers commit to be part of a student's life. Each member of this Ohana partners with the student in an effort to remove any barriers that stand in the way of his/her success.
OhanaHC will support the student for 10 years through four years of high school and beyond to a two or four year college, certificate program, and/or job placement. Each volunteer is asked to make a minimum one-year commitment. Thread has proven the concept over the past 15 years in Baltimore City. Over 70% of Thread students starting at or below the 25th academic percentile have earned a four year or two year college degree or certificate program.
The pilot supporting eight 9th graders will begin in August 2020 at Wilde Lake High School where 42% of the students are eligible for Free and Reduced Meals. To make the pilot work, we need 35 to 40 volunteers. A core group of around 15 people (eight being LeadershipHC alumni) is working to vet and train our volunteers in June and July.
Take a moment and look at your own life.
Who influenced you to become the person you are?
Who was your Ohana?
Build a relationship with an underserved student.
Your involvement can be life changing—for everyone.
Check out Sarah Hemminger's monumental and motivational video about her nonprofit organization, Thread, and the wonderful work they do.
OhanaHC is modeling its work on the work that Sarah Hemminger and the volunteers at Thread have started.
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