If You Were Offered a Free Laptop with Broadband Access, Would You be Willing to Work for it… from Home?

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That's the question now posed to economically & health-challenged citizens by the recently formed nonprofit, Don't Forget the Kids.

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The health of our economy depends on prepared workers with technology skills.

Don't Forget the Kids is a new 501(c)(3) charitable organization aimed at improving the quality of life through education. Using innovative concepts and advanced technology, this organization helps to bridge educational gaps, providing life-changing opportunities to those in need.

"We evaluated many problems faced by low income citizens," says J. R. Bott, Executive Director, and concluded the lack of education was the foremost factor. Our educational deficiencies have a ripple effect on families, communities, and society as a whole. It is our goal to stop these ripples at an early age and break the resulting cycles before they start."

Don’t Forget the Kids determined that the educational needs of the very young (pre-K) should be their primary focus. In addition, support will be provided for the special needs of youth, military, and aging citizens.

The organization's research revealed the most common obstacle to succeeding in an educational program was the inability to attend a traditional class or facility. For some, this was due to physical limitations, but for most, it's due to a lack of childcare, funds, transportation, and scheduling conflicts (with work and after-school programs). Don't Forget the Kids' solution to eliminate this obstacle is to provide technology resources - a laptop with Internet access - and free individualized educational programs. These high quality top-rated courses are self-paced and available 24/7/365 in the privacy of the client's home.

"Education is a key aspect in creating a positive change throughout our communities and building a foundation for future success. The health of our economy depends on prepared workers with technology skills," says Bott.

So what does Don't Forget the Kids mean when they ask if you would be willing to work for a free laptop with broadband access?

"These resources and programs are free to qualified individuals and families. We require no monetary payments whatsoever," says Bott. Clients "pay" with participation as part of our Participation Equity Program (PEP). Don’t Forget the Kids believes that all citizens, especially children, want to learn and when given the appropriate resources, they will."

"Don’t Forget the Kids' educational programs provide tracking information. This tracking enables us to audit our clients' participation, ensure they are taking courses with the appropriate degree of difficulty, and to monitor their levels of achievement. We also use this data to measure the effectiveness of the program as a whole. As long as clients participate at a satisfactory level, they will continue to receive our support. Additionally, Don’t Forget the Kids will provide opportunities for clients to earn more resources - all based on their level of participation," says Bott.

Although the media has recently highlighted the need for education reform in the US, no one is certain if or when it will actually happen. Youth who are struggling in school will become statistics of the current educational system. Those who have never mastered a grade level or who have dropped out of school will not be able to survive in the technology driven, ever-expanding global economy.

This lack of education and skills is a serious matter. Will it be a threat to continued U.S. leadership in the world economy?

"Yes," says Bott. "Without individualized intervention to build a strong foundation of 21st century skills, the US cannot continue to produce leaders in science and technology. Reversing the decline of American education requires everyone’s assistance and participation. It's not too late, but it needs to happen now."

To learn more about Don't Forget the Kids, educational program offerings, and how you can help, visit DontForgetTheKids.Org.


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