Closing the Achievement Gap Now Prepares Tomorrow's Business and Community Leaders
The Oregon Department of Education sites the number one gap threatening both our economic capacity and our capacity to innovate as "the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged and minority students versus their more affluent white peers."
In January 2015, the U.S. Department of Education reported that at 69%, Oregon ranked worst in the nation for on-time graduation rates and Washington ranked close behind at 40th.
Early intervention is critical to decrease drop-out rates and improve college/workplace readiness.
Your business is invited to change the lives of more than 3,200 elementary and middle school students this year. For many of these kids (73% live in poverty and 50% are minorities), education and job expectations are low, until they join their school’s Chess for Success club after school. (Watch the video.)
At Chess for Success, each boy and girl receives twice-weekly after-school chess lessons taught by one of their school’s teachers who serves as coach, tournament opportunities, a t-shirt that builds a sense of identity and belonging, and a chess set to keep: all at no cost to families. It is the intangible gifts, however, that last a life time: improved self-esteem, behavior, and academic performance (attendance, grades, and test scores).
That’s because Chess for Success lessons help students develop skills that not only directly relate to learning how to play the game, but also aid in developing working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control—executive function and self-regulation skills that are transferrable to their lives in and out of school. As their confidence grows and they develop analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills, students begin seeing the possibilities for their futures and set goals for themselves. Among these goals are graduating high school, pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs and fields, increasing college/workplace readiness, and, ultimately, ending the cycle of poverty.
Please demonstrate your commitment to our region’s children by investing in the mission of Chess for Success.
Chess for Success has been recognized for fiscal responsibility. We received the Light a Fire 2009 “Most with the Least” award for providing programming at an average cost of $150 per student. In September 2014, we received distinction as a “BBB Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 Better Business Bureau Giving Alliances Standards for Charity Accountability. We remain good stewards of the funds entrusted to us.
Kristen Fitzpatrick, Community Outreach Director
503-295-1230 Ext. 103 or 800-285-7660
Address: Chess for Success, 2701 NW Vaughn St, STE 101, Portland, OR 97210
Benefits are customizable to reflect your business needs.