Friday, August 31, 2012

Combat the school dropout crisis

It is no surprise that I have spent most of my lifetime dedicating my time to community service. Then I had kids, and my commitment to the community slowed down. Not that I do not want to do as much community service, but just that my focus in life right now is on raising three young children to become upstanding citizens.

I attempt to bring my children along with me to do community service, but times have changed a lot since the 80's. When I was a kid, children were welcomed into community service programs with welcome arms - not so much in this day in age. Most organizations will not allow children to commit their time until they are middle school age. We have found other ways to do community service together like donating to the OC Rescue mission, holding canned food drives and reading stories to the children at the Ronald McDonald House.

Last month I attended an event, with P&G GIVE Education that focused around the crisis of kids dropping out in schools right here in the United States. Every 26 seconds a child makes the decision to drop-out of school. How frightening is that? I knew right away that it was my calling to help.

Every 26 seconds a young person drops out of high school in the U.S.

I showed all the video from the press conference with my husband, and we made the decision that he was going to become a mentor. A mentor to a child that does not have a Father in his life. He was an exceptional mentor to our foster child who lived with us two years ago, and truly helped to shape him into a lovely young man. My husband cannot wait to start helping to mentor a boy and help stop one more child from becoming another statistic.

Do not have time to mentor? There are a lot of other ways to help!

The easiest way to help is to "like" the P&G GIVE Education Facebook page. They will donate $1 to Communities in Schools (CIS) for every "like" that they get. It could not get any easier!

The second way to help is to purchase $25 worth of select P&G products, and you will get a $5 rebate by mail. By doing this, P&G will donate $5 to CIS on your behalf. Most of these products are items that you are more than likely already purchasing. It just takes that one extra step to help the school drop-out crisis by sending in the rebate form.

Want to become a mentor?

CIS can help! The CIS network works with 2,700 schools and approximately 13,000 community partners, including Matthew McConaughey's foundation J.K. Livin. CIS serves nearly 1.2 million young people and their families every year.

Matthew McConaughey founded his foundation to help empower high school students in inner-city schools to lead active lives and make healthy lifestyle choices.

Thank you for your support in helping stop the crisis of school dropouts.

Disclosure: We were provided with car transportation to the press event. All of our thoughts and opinions are of our own.


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