Charity for Change has received a $5,000 grant from the Pelican Sound Charitable Foundation that will be used to add curriculum content, update the proprietary platform and create videos to compliment the curriculum. The new curriculum and videos will support the transition to distance learning and make it possible to reach more children.
“With the changes and challenges of social distancing and distance learning, it is more important than ever that we give our students the foundation they need to understand and manage their emotions,” said Karen Conley, founder and CEO of Charity for Change. “The current social distancing environment fuels isolation and disengagement. Our program develops resiliency, leading to the prevention of maladaptive behaviors, anti-social traits and mental health problems. The efficiencies created by our new virtual platform will expand the number of students we can reach for years to come.”
In 2008, Charity for Change started with two in-school programs in Collier County. Since then, the organization has served more than 62,000 children in Florida and several other states in afterschool, summer school, in-school and pre-school settings. Pre- and post-tests of children participating in the Charity for Change Afterschool Program at Guadalupe Center in Immokalee for the 2018-2019 school year showed an increase in character trait knowledge of 40%.
About Charity for Change
Founded in 2008, Charity for Change brings children together to see past their differences and work together for others in need to prevent bullying and violence and instill empathy and a giving spirit. Through character education and charitable activities, the organization serves children through its afterschool, summer school, preschool, and in-school programs. Since 2008, the program as impacted 62,000 children, instilling 19 character traits and raising $138,000 for 100 area charities. The goal of Charity for Change is to cultivate confident, compassionate children who become successful learners, contribute to their schools and communities, and will participate in society as empathetic, resilient ethical, and self-reliant citizens. In 2020, Charity for Change launched GiverTV, an interactive video series hosted on the Charity for Change website, charityforchange.org/givertvgames and Charity for Change’s YouTube channel. Videos feature the program’s mascots, Giver and U2Can, teaching foundational skills that include character education and service learning. For more information about Charity for Change, please visit www.charityforchange.org or call 239-592-6787.