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“Instead of helping some kids beat the odds, why don’t we just change the odds?”
– Geoffrey Canada, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone
For all of us, success or failure begins in the cradle, in a parent’s arms and in a playgroup or preschool. Chances are, you got that loving touch, those bedtime stories, exuberant play in the park and a crayon to unleash your inner Picasso.
For 29,649 youngsters in our community–more than 50% of them–these are no guarantee. Having never held a crayon, writing in kindergarten becomes your first point of failure. Without the bedtime stories, they don’t even know which way to turn the pages. Without the loving touch of a parent and healthy play with peers, skills that are essential ingredients for success in life—perseverance, attentiveness and self-control—are simply out of the question.
Learn about what is lost when we don’t ensure a community that works for all young children. Learn about the struggles of tomorrow we cast on our children today: prison, poverty and loss of career potential.
Then get involved because…we unleash their potential by unleashing our own.
In the summer of 2013, SVP put out a Ready for Kindergarten Investment Call to Community that led to the selection of two new Investees.
Become an SVP donor and be a part of the solution. See a list of our generous donors to the campaign linked here.