A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

The E.A.R.N. Way

Daily, we receive requests from life-challenged families and students seeking E.A.R.N. assistance to complete a high school level education.  This may seem strange, but with 3M students consistently dropping out of high school each year, there is a serious need for community assistance.  These teens and young adults do not realize how challenging their lives (or the lives of their families) will be until years later.  We strive to help as many recipients as we can but need the help of our community to do more than just react. 

To focus our efforts on the greatest opportunities for impacting the lives of those most motivated or most in need, we have utilized our process of assessment to determine what additional support services are needed to ensure successful completion in two key demographics-single mothers and youth aging out of the foster care system.  Through our integrated assessment process, we determine what support services are most in need to ensure successful attainment of either a high school diploma or GED.  Our recipients bring their desire and will to improve their lives.  We bring a systematic approach that allows them to earn their results-making this a “hand UP, not a hand out.” 

At E.A.R.N. we believe it is much easier – and much more efficient– to invest in educational assistance and resources now-pro-actively, rather than to waste tax dollars to pay the enormous expenses that result from achieving this key milestone.  One by one, we strive to build stronger communities that end the cycle of poverty, homelessness, unemployment, incarceration or a strong reliance on government aid for survival.   

What We Provide

While the life challenges or circumstances of each E.A.R.N. recipient may vary, all students will receive the following services as part of their award package:

  • Skills Assessment Test
  • Placement & Learning Plan
  • GED Preparation Program
  • Computer Equipment
  • Internet Access
  • GED Test 
  • Child Care Assistance during program (if applicable)
  • Local Transportation to campus or testing site (if applicable)

How You Can Help

The full scholarship for an E.A.R.N. recipient is between $2000-$4000* per award.    Amount will vary based on need and route to completion selected-either 1 year high school diploma or GED option.

While no amount is too small, there are several options to choose from to fund our E.A.R.N. recipients including 1X donations, ongoing monthly support, micro-campaigns or in-kind support sponsorship.  

We are committed to being good stewards of the funds we receive and ensuring our goal to impact as many life-challenged students as we can.  We thank you in advance as you help us build a stronger community-one life-challenged student at a time.

Please note: E.A.R.N. uses PayPal to process donations. You do not need to have a PayPal account to continue.