This summer, as students make plans to return to college, one group faces greater challenges than any other. Children raised in homes with substance and alcohol abuse endure horrific instability and toxic stress. Rarely do they have any treatment or support.
Children are our most precious resource. Children bounced around from relative to relative, or end up in foster care, don’t receive treatment for their trauma or have resources for higher education. Those who successfully reach college, are exceptional young adults. Their drive for education and success is often to serve others like themselves who need positive role models. The nonprofit Reach Out Recovery (ROR) was founded to serve the children and families whose lives have been impacted by addiction. More than 120 million Americans are affected by the addiction of a loved one. ROR created the most comprehensive recovery platform on the web, a combination of the Huffington Post and Web MD of recovery, and we’re growing. Our messages personally touch more than 60 thousand people every day. Ten thousand people daily return to our website for insight that reinforces their coping skills and promotes life-changing shifts in attitude.
Last year ROR hired five college interns who wrote about their experiences with an addicted friend or family member. Their articles reached millions of people who were not aware of how deeply affected and traumatized young people are by the addiction and substance abuse of those around them. You may have read some of them This year ROR initiated a scholarship program for college students who have managed to rise above their adverse childhood experiences. Our first scholarship offer was sent to 300 colleges and universities nationwide.
Since the ROR scholarship program is new, we had hoped for 10 to 20 applications the first year. We received 40. The students who applied are Americans from everywhere, literally: Africa, India, Latin America, Canada, rural USA and inner cities. Their stories are powerful. Having come from unstable backgrounds and horrific circumstances, their needs are real and compelling. ROR offered three scholarships this year, but our applicant’s stories are so compelling we want to help more. We need your help to gift more than three. Can you help us support five students?
Our goal is to raise $10,000. These phenomenal students have overcome adversity. For them a small stipend can mean the difference between staying in school or dropping out. Even more compelling is the fact that by helping to turn one life around, you will impact everyone these young people touch.
The ROR scholarship program has a huge multiplier effect. Click to: Give a little, help a lot with a donation today.
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