Who are We

As a family we embrace the value of varied experiences in the healthy development of children and youth.  Initially the idea for the foundation was to provide scholarships for children so they could discover their purpose by participating in actives such as music, art, drama and creative writing instruction.  The mission later expanded by incorporating college access programming.  Alethea is passionate about encouraging young people to discover the value of post-secondary education opportunities through early awareness.

Mission Statement

To invest in children and youth; equipping them with skills and resources to discover and intentionally live out their purpose. 

Vision Statement

Program beneficiaries will be positioned to live productive lives and make positive contributions to society. 

Guiding Principles

  1. To develop building blocks that ensure program beneficiaries are positioned to live extraordinary lives.
  2. To operate with integrity, maintaining always a "standard of excellence."
  3. To maximize resources and funds to fulfill our mission and vision.

Program Philosophy

Why college access?    We are committed to offering college access programming because we believe every individual has a purpose to fulfill.  For many, post-secondary education provides this opportunity, and early awareness about the process is critical.  Life is a journey filled with triumphs and challenges, and we want to offer building blocks to help youth successfully matriculate through high school, to college and graduation day!

College isn’t for everyone, and there are successful entrepreneurs who did not pursue a college degree.   Most will agree though, more education leads to better prospects for earnings and employment.  According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics earnings increase and unemployment decreases as educational attainment rises.  When grouping workers by education level, generally those with more education have higher earnings and lower rates of unemployment than those with less education.  For example, workers with a professional degree had the highest median weekly earnings ($1,730) and lowest unemployment rate (1.5 percent) in 2015. That’s more than triple the earnings ($493) and less than one-fifth the unemployment rate (8.0 percent) of workers with less than a high school diploma. To this end we embrace the value of:

Academic Preparation and Enrichment

We do this by offering the very best in personalized college access programming and coaching. 

Asset Development

We do this by directing youth and parents to resources and community services and programs that meet their developmental needs. 

Exposure

We do this by offering affordable college tours so that youth will see “college life” first hand, and by introducing youth to professionals who look like them and who are living out their purpose.

Program Offerings 

The WVGFKIDS is a publicly supported non-profit organization established to empower children and youth by promoting and providing educational and artistic opportunities for those at risk among this population. Program initiatives include:

Jump Start U 4 College - Grades 9 - 12

Jump Start U4 College promotes early awareness about the benefits of going to college.   Our college access program walks students and parents though planning during the high school years, selecting a college, the admissions process, paying for college and so much more!  The program is open to youth grades 8 – 12 from all backgrounds in public, private, parochial, charter and home schools.

K.I.D.S. Club - Grades 4-7 (Coming Soon)

Promotes  literacy, self-esteem building and the arts. K.I.D.S. Club is designed  to help children enjoy reading and to peak their interest to possible careers in the arts. We also promote early awareness about college with the children.

Academic Scholarships

In addition, as a commitment to scholarship, the following have been established: The Willie Lee Gaddis Building Trades and Construction Discipline Scholarship. The Vivian Ann Thompson Gaddis Memorial Music Scholarship, and The Debra Ann Gaddis-Sawyer Memorial Non-Traditional Student Scholarship. Our first three scholarships were awarded in 2004.   Awards are available based on the availability of funds.

 

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