Earlier this month, PLUS ME attended Starfish Impact's Top 5 #SupportingOurSector awards ceremony in Santa Monica. Our executive director, Richard, shared our story and mission with an audience of philanthropic donors and the fellow Top 5 nonprofits. We were thrilled to walk away with 2nd Place and the Judge's Award of $4,000.
PLUS ME would like to thank Starfish Impact and all the sponsors who supported this initiative. We also would like to thank each and every person who nominated and voted for us throughout this journey!
We are thrilled to announce the launch
of our new Annual Giving campaign.
Here is a story sharing the impact of our work and how your gift will help:
One of the 19,000 students with whom we connected this past school year was a senior named Andrea. Like many highly talented, first generation college students, she felt University of California (UC) schools were not within her reach. Based on a misbelief that she did not have anything good to say about her life, Andrea was discouraged from applying.
“In 350 words or less, describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?” (Excerpt from UC Application)
More often than not questions like this present challenges for students who have a sense of social inadequacy. This question is 1 of 4 that students must answer when applying to any of the UC campuses.
Through our Storytellers PLUS ME program we learned a lot about Andrea. She is a bright young woman who achieved a 3.8 GPA in high school. She has two younger sisters who look up to her and loves serving as a positive example to them. Andrea balanced her academics while being the captain of her volleyball team and working a part-time job, at a local coffee shop, to help her family pay some bills. With the help of our program, she realized how unique her story is and how many challenges she overcame to get to where she is now. Working with her guidance counselor, we even encouraged her to take on the UC application.
Today, we are proud to share that Andrea is currently a 1st year at UC Riverside and is pursuing a degree in psychology. While we cannot take credit for Andrea’s admittance to UCR, we know our program was an instrumental piece of the college application puzzle for her.
This holiday season we want to take a moment to THANK YOU, our current and past donors, for your support of our mission. Your help has enabled us to impact thousands of lower income students in Southern California. We also want to welcome YOU to the PLUS ME family if you are not a donor yet.
Whether you are already a supporter or have yet to become part of our inspired community of annual donors, we hope you will make a year-end gift. We are energized to expand our impact and invite you to join our family. Please consider making a contribution through our new giving circles with a donation that is meaningful to you. To encourage your support we have designed a flexible program with different levels and a monthly giving option.
Your generous gift will support thousands of students like Andrea each year, helping them develop and articulate their personal story into their college application!