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To fund GED exam fees for college and/or career-bound resident students at the Pinellas Hope homeless shelter adult education classroom.

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Crossing the Road to Success

School:
Dixie Hollins Adult Education Center  
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Jennifer Harrington 
Students Impacted:
  
Grade:
Adult Ed. 
Date:
August 22, 2018

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Anonymous - $960.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 30

Since my grant was awarded late in the school year and is used for GED testers, the funds have not been used completely. 
I have 2 students who are planning their subject area tests in the next week. 

 

The other 28 test vouchers will be used throughout this year and into the next school year.

 

I did ask my students for pictures, but they did not want them published. We are in a homeless shelter and many of our student/residents do not want their names and photos out in the public.

 

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

To fund GED exam fees for college and/or career-bound resident students at the Pinellas Hope homeless shelter adult education classroom. 

 

What will be done with my students

Each registered student who puts forth the time and effort to increase their practice test scores and become eligible to sit for the GED exam – and who demonstrates financial need - will have the opportunity to receive up to four vouchers for the official GED exam. (The GED exam is comprised of four sections: Math, Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science at $32 per section.)
Before any student receives a first voucher, they will need to complete a multi-lesson packet covering the basics of financial literacy, including such topics as budgeting, credit, employment tax forms, and more.
Total cost per student who completes all tests: $128. Some students will enter already having passed one or more sections, and others will demonstrate less financial need and will be required to pay for one or more tests. Financial need will be determined through consultation with students’ case managers.
 

 

Benefits to my students

All of our students are at a crossroads in life for one reason or another, and are typically in the process of reinventing their career. Many we serve have not completed high-school or any formal post-secondary education, severely limiting their potential job marketability and future success. Providing the resources to cover the cost of this first critical step can help these students become employed in a more stable environment than temp work or day labor, while also earning more than minimum wage. A diploma also opens the door to attending Pinellas Technical College or St. Petersburg College, further expanding their career options.
In addition to the career benefit, students are improving their general financial literacy skills, much needed traits when they secure their own apartment, regain regular income, and otherwise restart a fiscally-responsible life on their own.
 

 

Describe the Students

All students attending the classroom located at Pinellas Hope are homeless and living in a tent or a small cargo shelter. Many have lost their job due to being homeless. 

 

Budget Narrative

30 Official GED Exam Component Vouchers @ $32 each = $960 Total Grant Funds Requested 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 30 GED Exam Vouchers $960.00
  Total: $960.00

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