“If success or failure of this planet and of the human race depends on how I am and what I do, how would I be and what would I do?”
- R. Buckminister Fuller
The Real Challenge
The old proverb says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him a life time.” If you teach people how to fish, you have given them the tools that education provides. However, for many underprivileged children, education is not enough i.e. learning how to fish is not enough. They need a boat and a net (non-cognitive skills) to go fish.
The discipline to get up before dawn to fish and the persistence to do it day after day so you can feed your family, takes non-cognitive skills that become the foundation of life-long success.
The ability to think critically allows people to make the right decisions.
In today’s world, underprivileged children from low income families … have a lack of non-cognitive skills that help critical thinking. They may lack a caregiver or just lack parental guidance to teach them to understand how to look positively at difficult situations, handle the stress and make proper decisions through critical thinking.
Our Philosophy is the most valuable education we can profide for disadvantaged youth is to teach them about the importance of developing strengths like patience, perseverance, self-confidence, grit, and optimism.
The Giving KASH Approach
Our Giving KASH program teaches the importance of non-cognitive skills in everyday life. It focuses on making small changes (incorporating these skills) daily to generate big outcomes in the long run (compound effect). These character traits improve the education kids learn in school to prepare them for future academic and social success.
The Illiteracy Problem
- 50% of the chronically unemployed are illiterate
- 85% of all juveniles in the court system are illiterate
- Low literacy levels cost
- Between $106 to $238 billion per year in health care spending
- $225 billion in non-productivity in the workforce
- $1.4 billion provide remedial education for students who have recently graduated from high school
- $2.3 billion in lost earning potential
- 93 million American adults or 45% of the adult population, have limited reading, writing and math skills, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 2003.
- Workers 18 and over, per the US Census Bureau 2005:
- Earn an average of $51,206 per year with a bachelor’s degree
- Earn an average of $27,915 per year with a high school diploma
- Earn an average of $18,734 per year without a high school diploma
Illiteracy and crime are closely related: The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is directly tied to reading failure. Over 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.
-The Department of Justice