Web Wednesday – June 6, 2012
Web Wednesdays – each Wednesday we will feature a website that we’ve come across while in our process of searching for inspiration, the latest trends, or learning about anything and everything we can get our hands on that interests us.
This week I am introducing a new non-profit program, called Wishbone. Wishbone targets lower- class students attending schools in high-need communities. The non-profit sends at-risk high school students to after school programs to help get through high school, and academically prepare them for college. Their are 8 different categories of interest that Wishbone looks for in students: Athletics, Leadership, Fine Arts, Environmental, Liberal Arts, Design, Science & Technology and Music. The students who are chosen for the project are recommended by their teachers. After surveying what the students interests are , the non-profit helps choose the program for the student to attend. Their website serves as a fundraising platform to help provide the money needed for the student to attend the program, asking patrons for $25 per donation.
The home page also serves as a nifty, interactive infographic, that visually shows how modern and ground-breaking their program could be. The site also wants to note the importance of the success stories of the first students drafted into the project, so others can see how the students have benefited from this project. These days, with the number of students skipping college altogether, its refreshing to see a program that makes school interesting again. A great thought from the site to leave you with is that Wishbone “helps them (the students) realize why succeeding in high school was relevant to pursuing their passions.”