Homeless Teen Raises Funds to Attend Howard University

BY: - 16 Aug '13 | On the Web

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James Ward, a homeless young man, has an online campaign to raise money to attend Howard University

Since 14, James Ward, his mom and two younger siblings have lived between shelters, relative’s homes and a car until they reached the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angles in 2012. Within the last week, Ward, 19, has raised $12,000 through his online campaign, “Homeless To Howard,” to pay for his first year of college at Howard University.

With donations through Paypal, the campaign has gained national attention with highlights from Teach For America as well as a shout out from rapper, Common, to name a few. Ward hopes to raise enough money to pay for all four years of college.

“I would’ve never thought that something we started just a couple of days ago would’ve turned out to become this massive,” Ward said. “However, it makes me feel very happy because I know that although the world may seem like a harsh and cold place, there are some people out there that care and want to give to those in need.”

Determined to create a better outcome, Ward drew inspiration and help from junior producer at Yahoo! Studios, Jessica Sutherland, who once struggled with homelessness, herself. The two met when she spoke at the Union Rescue Mission about her own experiences.

“My attitude is — like myself, I also grew up homeless — he didn’t ask to be born into this, and it’s not his credit, but he’s the one being punished for it,” said Sutherland, speaking of the frustrations of applying for loans. The denial of the Parent PLUS loan pushed her to create the online campaign.

Ward, who will be the first in his family to attend college, admits that while he is following his own dreams, it’s more important to him that his siblings know the value of education and knowledge.

Read more on the Huffington Post.

BMWK – We think this is great! Please consider donating to this young man’s online campaign, “Homeless To Howard,” 

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3 WordPress comments on “Homeless Teen Raises Funds to Attend Howard University

  1. Leticia Corello

    I would think that someone like Bill Gates, would offer to make up the difference for all of the students who fall into the came category as this kid. From what I have seen, Gates is more interested in sending money overseas to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars for immunizations and to keep people alive that virtually have no chance to have worthwhile lives, because no infrastructure is in place for their own country to support them (education, etc). The result is millions and millions of people with no place to go and nothing to do, but go hungry and take from the already short food supply.

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Students Let Off at Wrong Stop Leave Parents Questioning

BY: - 21 Aug '13 | On the Web

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Both parents and students are troubled by the events that took place on a Broward County School bus in Florida on Monday. Minutes away from Forest Glen Middle School in Coral Springs, seven students were let off the bus in the wrong city.

Original reports state that the female students, aged 10 to 13, were supposed to be let off in Coral Springs, but where dropped off 8 miles away in Pompano Beach after they informed the driver he’d passed their stop. When one of the girls, Samantha Cisneros, called her father, he asked to speak to the bus driver, but was declined. The driver said he couldn’t talk while driving.

I’m totally frustrated, mad, angry. And I just can’t believe a person would just drop a child off in the street basically to just fend for yourself, Wilson Cisneros said.

An updated article claims that the students voluntarily got off the bus in Pompano after the driver explained that he would return them to their appropriate stop after he finished the route. A statement by the district’s Transportation Department claims that the driver asked the students to return to the bus, but they did not.

Samantha cried that night telling NBC 6 that she did not want to ride the bus again.

Why would he just leave us stranded out in the middle of nowhere,” the 10-year-old girl asked of the driver. “We don’t even know where we are.

Despite the district’s explanation, her mother, Tracy Cisneros, questions its validity. Read both accounts of the incident on NBC 6 South Florida.

BMWK– What are your thoughts on the situation? Are your children prepared if something like this should happen to them?

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