For students in the U.S., getting an education is typically not a problem because we have easy access to schools and laws set in place to make sure every child is enrolled in school. Unfortunately, this is not the case everywhere. There are 250 million children of primary school age who are unable to read, write or do basic math, but you can do something to help!
You can start a PoP club! PoP stands for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that, as Director of Impact Leslie Engle Young says, “believes every child should have access to quality education.” Although it’s still growing, PoP has built over 300 schools and served more than 31,000 students across the world! On top of that, they also train teachers to provide a quality education and award scholarships to students to continue their education. PoP works hard to teach kids about sanitation hygiene as a preventative measure to keep students healthy and in class. The best news is, you can get involved and make a difference, too!
The purpose: To create schools, programs and global communities in order to help reduce the number of kids who don’t have access to education.
How you can help: Simple! Go to pencilsofpromise.org and start a PoP club on your campus to raise funds to make learning possible for deserving students around the world.
So what are you waiting for? Get involved now and impact others for a lifetime!
“Find out what you’re passionate about—find what you love. There are so many ways to give back and be involved. For me, it’s absolutely education. But there are so many options out there. You’ll connect to something and it will give you purpose.” — Leslie Engle Young