Our mission is to reduce the income achievement gap and improve student academic success and self confidence.
Give Chances is a non-profit based in New Jersey that provides quality educational and enrichment programs to underprivileged children and teens across the US.
What began as a small movement in 2015 has since flourished into a nationwide initiative to close the income achievement gap and help underserved students realize their dreams.
What is the income achievement gap?
Children from low-income households typically enter school behind their peers, and never catch up. This phenomenon is referred to as the “income achievement gap.”
The US has one of the highest levels of income inequality. 1 in 5 children in the US live in poverty. By age 11, these students lag behind their higher-income peers by more than 8 months in reading, writing and math.
The gap in reading and math test scores between low and high income students is 2x greater than that between white and black students.
The income achievement gap increased by 40% between 1970 and 2001, and continues to grow.
Current estimates suggest it would take at least 60 years to close the income achievement gap as it now stands.
How Give Chances is Making a Difference
At Give Chances, our afterschool programs are designed to confront the academic
achievement gap and to encourage student growth and confidence through accessible
education to low-income students.
Our vision is to create spaces where students and volunteers can:
Learn & Grow
Communicate & Collaborate
Serve & Share
We’re still small, but we’re growing fast and have big plans for the future. Our vision is to open 1000 learning centers nationwide in order to help students with limited resources pursue their talents and realize their dreams.
A nurturing environment to improve academic performance, grow unique talents, and gain confidence along the way.
Opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills and empower the next generation to become the intersection of change, aspiration and action.
Support and resources to overcome financial barriers and reduce the economic burdens experienced by low-income families.
At Give Chances, we offer in-person and online afterschool programs for low-income students in grades one through eight. These programs include homework assistance, tutoring, and extracurricular activities where students can foster their individual interests.
We also offer a special needs art program dedicated to providing young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore their talents in a safe and caring environment.
Further, because we understand that the hardship these children face extends beyond the academic setting, we’ve expanded our reach to include our students’ families and communities, offering support in the form of donations and financial aid.