AMPLIFY AUSTIN: Make a Big Difference for Little Texans
When we opened the first adult charter high school in Texas: The Goodwill Excel Center, the only school where adults 26 and over can earn their high school diploma, there was an immediate waiting list. What a great problem to have!
Oh, how we’ve grown – to over 450 students! Now we’re seeing that same level of need with our free, on-site childcare facility, The Goodwill Exploration Center. Many of our student-parents have been able to return to school to earn their diploma that otherwise could not because they are unable to secure childcare. With The Exploration Center, a solution was achieved! But in less than a year, we’ve outgrown our space, and parents are now on a waiting list.
Not only do we need more space for the children, we want to improve our educational curriculum in the classroom. These improvements at The Exploration Center will ensure that our youngest students are given the same opportunities as other children, no matter their circumstances. Our goal - they will begin their educational journey kindergarten-ready, a pivotal starting point in breaking the cycle of poverty.
Having The Exploration Center for our students truly has transformed lives. Sheila, who will graduate this June, is just one of our many student-parents that couldn’t have returned to school without our childcare option.
Sheila wanted to go back to school, but with two children under the age of four, the cost of childcare was overwhelming. When she discovered The Goodwill Excel Center had a free, on-site, licensed childcare facility, she was thrilled. Her journey to graduation began with her children close by, and in good hands. They are already benefiting from the Pre-K education they receive while she is in class.
That’s why, this year, we chose a goal of $15,000 to expand The Exploration Center!
We need YOU to continue the work of changing the lives of our neighbors in Central Texas. Your gift will support an expansion of The Exploration Center so we can provide childcare and educational services to even more children.
Help us develop these young leaders, while their parents are transforming their lives! The entire Central Texas community will benefit from these life-changing opportunities, for generations to come. Empower families to change their lives through education and a lasting career. Donate to Goodwill on #AmplifyATX Day.