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The goal of this grant is to assist our students in obtaining their GED diploma. We work with the homeless population at Pinellas Hope homeless shelter where the majority of our students are unemployed or underemployed. A major obstacle for our students is being able to pay for the GED test. This grant would pay for students to take the GED test and earn their diploma.

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ACH Set for Life

School:
Dixie Hollins Adult Education Center  
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Erin Raineri 
 
Philip Wolf 
Students Impacted:
31 
Grade:
Adult Ed. 
Date:
August 5, 2019

Investor

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Achieva Credit Union - $992.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 12

 
The classroom at Pinellas Hope is very different from a traditional classroom. We service adult education students who are residents at a homeless camp and live in tents. Many of our resident students do not have a high school diploma or the necessary skills to find employment or a means to pay for their GED tests. The grant dollars awarded to us allowed us to purchase 31 individual GED subject test vouchers. Up to this point we have been able to use 15 individual test vouchers. We do still have vouchers left to use and we already have students ready, waiting and eager to take more subject area tests when schools reopen. Two students who are waiting have only one subject area test left to take to earn their diploma. All students who used test vouchers were required to attend a financial responsibility class that focused in budgeting. The majority of these students also attended a basic computer skills class as well. The class offerings required to use test vouchers were also utilized by other students as well - some who already have a diploma. Therefore the positive effects of having the test vouchers and the class requirements to use them was much more far reaching than we anticipated as a much larger number of students attended the classes. Since earning their diploma, two students have transferred to Pinellas Technical College. One is studying in the electrical program and the other is enrolled in the automotive program. We also have students who were able to find employment due in part to their increased skills in math and reading. We are excited to get back into the classroom to help more students improve their lives and achieve their dreams.
 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this grant is to assist our students in obtaining their GED diploma. We work with the homeless population at Pinellas Hope homeless shelter where the majority of our students are unemployed or underemployed. A major obstacle for our students is being able to pay for the GED test. This grant would pay for students to take the GED test and earn their diploma. 

 

What will be done with my students

Financial literacy is currently not a required part of the adult education curriculum. Before receiving financial assistance for testing, students will be required to attend a "Set for Life" course. This will help students develop realistic expectations regarding what income they need to achieve in order to enjoy the lifestyle they desire as well as plan for retirement. The course content will cover necessary expenses versus superfluous expenses, creating and managing a budget, saving for the future, and unexpected expenses.  

 

Benefits to my students

Students will benefit by being able to pay for their GED tests and learning valuable, lifelong, money managing skills.  

 

Describe the Students

The majority of our students range in age from 18-45. They are all currently homeless living at Pinellas Hope, a homeless shelter in Clearwater, FL. Many do not have a high school diploma and aspire to obtain their diploma and either enter the workforce or continue their education. 

 

Budget Narrative

The grant money will be used to purchase 31 individual GED test vouchers at a cost of $32 each. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 31 GED test vouchers $992.00
  Total: $992.00

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