As I reflect on the recent announcement by The Mind Trust about the $50,000 Go Farther Literacy Fund awards, my heart swells with an indescribable sense of pride. This initiative, now a beacon of hope and support for families in Indianapolis, echoes a journey that began with a deep, personal understanding of the challenges faced by families in need.
The Go Farther Literacy Fund, now instrumental in promoting literacy in Indianapolis, has its roots in my own experiences. Growing up, I faced the harsh realities of living in multiple shelters. Those challenging times shaped my resolve to make a positive change, leading to the creation of The People’s Literacy Fund in Oakland with Educate78. This was more than a project; it was a personal mission to ensure that no child’s educational journey is hindered by their circumstances.
Seeing the Go Farther Literacy Fund flourish and expand its reach is a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives. The Mind Trust has done an incredible job of supporting innovative ideas that empower students and their families. The focus on literacy is particularly close to my heart, as it’s the cornerstone of a child’s academic and personal growth.
The recent awards to 24 remarkable projects in Indianapolis are not just numbers on a page; they represent real, tangible changes in the lives of students. From Jessica Davis’s digital home library to the community library initiated by Delores Thornton, each project is a beacon of hope and a stepping stone towards a brighter future for these children.
As I look back on my journey, from the struggles of my childhood to the establishment of Energy Convertors, my nonprofit in Oakland, I realize the significance of the role literacy has played in my life. It’s more than just the ability to read and write; it’s about empowerment, freedom, and the ability to dream and achieve.
The success of The Mind Trust’s initiative is a reminder of why we must keep fighting for educational equity. It reinforces my belief in the power of community involvement in education and the incredible potential of our youth when given the right tools and opportunities.
I am immensely proud to see my vision resonate and take shape in Indianapolis. The Go Farther Literacy Fund is a part of my legacy, a testament to the belief that every child deserves the chance to go farther in life, regardless of their starting point.
To everyone who has supported this cause and to those who continue to drive its success, thank you. Your efforts are not just shaping a better present for these children but are paving the way for a future where literacy and education are accessible to all.
Let’s continue to work together, to inspire, and to empower. For every child we reach, we’re not just teaching them to read; we’re giving them the wings to soar.To learn more about the Go Farther Literacy Fund and its impact, visit The Mind Trust.