What is C4K’s Trustee’s Circle
The Trustee’s Circle is for donors who commit to a particular level of funding for three years. This program allows C4K’s most loyal and generous supporters to play an even more critical role in the financial health and sustainability of C4K. Trustees lead the way in securing C4K’s ability to empower youth to become self-sufficient and reach their full potential.
Why is it important?
In Charlottesville and Albemarle County in 2017 there were 5,612 families who earned less than what is needed to survive — they cannot afford housing, food, and utilities. Through no fault of their own, nearly half the children born into these economically disadvantaged families will remain economically disadvantaged all their lives. When parents struggle with poverty, their children face enormous obstacles in completing their education and becoming self-sufficient. With sustained and intentional efforts, like those offered by C4K and supported by the Trustee’s Circle, children can escape the cycle of poverty and be guided towards a pathway to self-sufficiency.
Who does it benefit?
The Trustee’s Circle program provides C4K with the ability to focus on programming that directly meets the needs of low-income youth. Each year, C4K provides thousands of hours of educational programming to hundreds of local underserved middle and high school youth in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. The experiences youth have at C4K are life changing! The return on investment for out-of-school time programming has been estimated to be as high as $17 for each dollar invested. Since inception, 97% of youth completing C4K program requirements have graduated high school. The types of mentoring, skill-building and digital inclusion opportunities C4K provides are unlikely to be available elsewhere without significant cost to families. C4K provides more than equitable access, it allows underserved youth to be content creators as much as they are content consumers. Digital inclusion of youth at C4K supports our community by providing economic and workforce development. Programs such as C4K help prevent alternative higher cost services to our community including healthcare, additional social programs, lost tax revenue, increased incarceration, and lost earnings potential.
How does C4K impact youth?
Highlights of the 2017 C4K Youth Impact Survey, analyzed by Inverness Research, shows a snapshot of how youth perceive C4K’s influence in their lives:
- 88% said C4K helped them make better choices in their lives
- 84% said C4K helped them find resources and information to support the development of their ideas
- 94% said graduating from high school is important or very important
- 96% said continuing education after high school is important or very important
- 82% said C4K played a role in interest in studying STEM
- 82% said C4K helped them get good or really good at engineering and robotics
How does it work?
Select a level and make a 3-year commitment to C4K.
Click here to see the Trustee’s Circle in action!