Combating Hunger in Colorado
Nearly 1 in 4 households with children reported food hardship1 and more than 25% of working families in Colorado do not have enough food to meet their basic needs2.
Colorado has one of the fastest growing rates of childhood poverty in the nation. Between 2002 and 2010, the rate of child poverty increased 86% in the state.3 Children aged 0-5 are most at risk of living in homes without enough food.3
By transforming lawns into organic gardens, we can provide the produce to feed 120 Colorado families throughout the growing seasons. Using gardens as a classroom, participants learn sustainability, environmental awareness, healthy food practices, and how to combat obesity and other health issues associated with food hardships.
Problem 1- Food Scarcity
Problem 2 – Food Insecurity
The Colorado Gap
Colorado suffers from an unequal balance of trade in terms of its talent. While the Rocky Mountain state ranks near the top in the number of residents with a college degree, it comes in nearly last in number of students who complete college. Nearly half of its residents with college degrees are transplants from other states. For every 10 students that graduate high school in Colorado, just two will go on to finish college.
Did you know?
- 1 in 4 high school students in Colorado won’t graduate on time
- 15,000 high school students in Colorado drop out each year.
- 42 of undergraduates in Colorado won’t finish in 4-6 years.
- An average dropout will make $10k a year less than a high school graduate and $36k less each year than someone with a bachelor’s degree.
How can Jovial Futures help?
Our program, set to launch in 2014, is aimed at supporting the futures of 100 children in Colorado.
Jovial Futures is applying 50 years of research from the Search Institute for adolescent development via the creation of a powerful network of educational youth camps, experiential education programs, mentorships, internships, service learning, and career placement.
By removing financial barriers, providing youth with more opportunities, and creating community support systems, our program will help close the gap that keeps Colorado from growing its own professional talent!
Thank you to all of the fabulous talent that came out to support our Jump for Joy event!
Because of the wonderful support we had from so many talented artists and performers, we will be able to help over 500 kids recieve jump ropes and hula hoops in Cape Town, South Africa!