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Mission Statement

The mission of WISE Scholars Foundation is to serve individuals and strengthen communities by promoting post-secondary education and decreasing dropout by assisting socioeconomically disadvantaged youth with high-school completion and college recruitment.

WISE Scholars Foundation provides college preparatory resources including, but not limited to, academia tutorials, test-taking preparation, career-planning, technological resources, assistance with the enrollment in and the expenses of attending college and the incorporation of many sectors, such as the business sector to assist individuals with employment and other stimulating opportunities while attending school.

The purpose for which WISE Scholars Foundation was formed is to operate exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) and corresponding provisions of subsequent United States Internal Revenue laws.

WISE Scholars Foundationwill not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, gender, religion, or race. The Foundation will lead itself to assist any individual that seeks a post-secondary education. However, special attention will be directed towards those individuals considered "at-risk" or "socioeconomically deprived".

WISE Scholars Foundationwill operate under the values that education is important and that all students can learn. The Foundation believes that early motivation is pertinent to postsecondary attainment and that youth and adult education benefits smaller communities and the larger society by eliminating many factors often attributed to a lack of postsecondary education, such as unemployment, crime, illegal drug consumption and trafficking and poverty. The foundation operates under the same standard of the "No Child Left Behind" law.

WISE Scholars Foundationwould like others to view its organization as a non-profit entity formed exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes wherein individuals can receive the appropriate post-secondary educational career training, motivation, and preparation.

Please visit our website at www.wisescholarsfoundation.org. Also join the WISE Scholars Foundation Social Network at www.wisescholarsfoundation.ning.com.

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Dear Community Stakeholders:

Although several reforms have been made through-out the American Educational System with the "No Child Left Behind Act" (2001) being one of the most recent reforms?many students are still under-performing, failing in academics, scoring poorly on standardized tests, losing educational motivation and value, are dropping-out, and never aspiring towards attaining a postsecondary-higher education. The vast majority of these students are poor, socio-economically disadvantaged, and "at-risk" learners.

According to Jordan (2002), the Breaking the Ranks report (National Association of SecondarySchool Principals, 1996) lays out core themes essential to school reform initiatives. Among them are:

  • School must function as a transitional experience, getting each student ready for the next stage of life, whatever it may be, with the understanding that, ultimately, each person needs to earn a living.
  • School must be a gateway to multiple options.
  • School must prepare each student to be a lifelong learner.

These three things are the catalyst for educational empowerment by allowing youth a foundation to career-plan for the future, to access various options as to maintain a smooth transition from high school into mainstream society, and to embody the importance of postsecondary education in improving all spectrums of socio-economic status and mobility.

Diogenes Laertius once said, "The foundation of every state is the education of its youth." WISE Scholars Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit incorporated organization, has as its objective to merge into a charter school that would assist youth in preparing for college during their elementary and secondary years of schooling. WISE Scholars Foundation understands that not all children will choose to go to college, however those students should also have assistance in transitioning smoothly into the workplace.

WISE Scholars Foundation maintains that educators should begin promoting the value of college in kindergarten throughout a student?s high-school graduation, instilling that all children can learn and that there will be "No Child Left Behind". WISE Scholars Foundation further emphasizes that this philosophy will promote an Olympic mind devoted to higher postsecondary education--with parents, students, and the community at the forefront.

This Olympic mind will assume that technically a kindergartener can obtain a Ph.D. if they so desire. Hence, a lack of resources, mentors, preparation, and access on the school or community part will not be a factor to detour them from this attainable objective. Carnegie Corporation of News (2003) described it well bysaying, "The early years in children's lives are critical in the formation and development of intelligence, motivation, and social behavior."

WISE Scholars Foundation believes that early motivation is pertinent to postsecondary attainment and that youth education benefits smaller communities and the larger society by eliminating many factors often attributed to a lack of postsecondary education, such as unemployment, crime, limited career resources and salary, marginalized consumer purchases, illegal drug consumption and trafficking, prostitution, homelessness and poverty.

On behalf of WISE Scholars Foundation, I ask that you offer your community support and believe as our Board of Directors does that a program such as this would be beneficial to youth in the Atlanta Metro Area. Pledges and donations will be appreciated and are tax deductible. We also welcome any suggestions for improvement.

WISE Scholars Foundation envisions that students will not only acquire a postsecondary education or degree after high-school, but the knowledge and skills to become lifelong learners and prepared citizens.

Sincerely,

Marshalette R. Wise , M.Ed.

Marshalette R. Wise

CEO & President

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http://www.wisescholarsfoundation.org

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