Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
FUEL Education has announced that founder Bob Hildreth will be honored as a Social Justice Champion of 2013 by The Chelsea Collaborative.
Each year the Collaborative honors those who work to empower citizens of Chelsea at its Annual Holiday Gala. This year, commemorating the Collaborative’s 25th Anniversary, the Gala will be held on December 5 at the Somerville Holiday Inn. During the event, Bob will be recognized for the long-term investments he’s made in the lives of Chelsea students and their families through his work with the FUEL program.
Bob founded FUEL in 2009 to help make college a reality for low-income students and their families. FUEL works with community agencies like the Chelsea Collaborative to empower parents to learn about the college process and to save for their children’s higher education. This support helps pave the way to higher education and a brighter future for Chelsea families.
The entire team at FUEL, and Bob in particular, is thrilled to receive this honor from a terrific organization and invaluable partner in its mission to empower families through education.
“I couldn’t be happier to receive this honor from the great folks at the Chelsea Collaborative, who do such incredible work themselves,” said Hildreth. “For me and everyone else at FUEL, it’s never been about receiving accolades. It’s about giving deserving families the tools and the support they need to have a better future than they might have imagined.”
“Without FUEL’s support and Bob’s steadfast commitment, many promising Chelsea children would feel that college was out of their reach,” said Gladys Vega, executive director of the Chelsea Collaborative. “We are proud to be part of this initiative, which proves that everyone can take part in the American Dream.”
There are many organizations that help low-income students pay for college, but FUEL is different in that it is fully engaged with the family of the student. The program encompasses financial education, curriculum, incentives for savings, and a connection to community organizations that require families to have skin in the game. This approach helps create the foundation for a lifelong understanding of the importance of higher education and how to achieve it.
About FUEL Education
FUEL Education fuels the college dreams of underserved families. It is a high impact, innovative nonprofit providing knowledge, connections and financial incentives that empower low-income families to propel their children into higher education. FUEL was founded by Robert Hildreth, a banker and social entrepreneur, in 2009. The program currently runs successful sites in Boston, Chelsea and Lynn, Massachusetts. More information is available at http://www.fueleducation.org. Follow us on Twitter @FUEL_Education.
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