Various At-risk Grants Available
An at-risk grant for students who are identified as at-risk are available in a variety of programs! Students who have been identified as at-risk are those students who are potential dropouts and have been having difficulty succeeding in their respective schools. Common among these students are their socioeconomic status. They are normally from low socioeconomic families and they tend to have or are prone to several other underlying problems such as drug or alcohol addiction, family problems, teenage pregnancies and other relationship problems. Because of exposure to these problems, at-risk students typically have low self esteem and this exhibits itself in their academic performances. The effect of their low academic performance brings their self-esteem to even lower levels, which gets them into disciplinary and truancy problems and thus, the cycle continues. It is important that for these at-risk students to be more productive members of society and become better citizens, assistance be given to improve their self-esteem, their attitude toward their environment and subsequently, help them succeed in school.
In order to help these students, specific programs must be put in place to address the needs of students in minority groups, those in low income families and students who have special needs such as drug or alcohol addiction. Several programs are actually already in place for these groups and they typically include tutoring services, child care services, remediation programs, substance awareness programs, employment training and counseling, bilingual instruction education programs and counseling and follow-up programs in cases of truancy and disciplinary action. This is where the grants are employed. These grants help finance the special programs. Some grants finance more specific programs while others are more general in nature.
Grants from foundations established by companies, for example, normally fund specific programs that help at-risk students. In 2008, AT & T, through its foundation and as part of its AT & T Aspire, had the High School Success Special Program aimed at funding existing high school retention programs. This funding gave at-risk grant 36 states. The Tiger Woods Foundation also has at-risk grants that focus on education, youth development, parenting and family health and welfare for underserved children and their families. The Staples Foundation for Learning also gives funding specifically for the disadvantaged youth by financing programs that support job skills development and education. The Charles Lafitte Foundation focuses its funding on students with learning disabilities and at-risk students specifically in technology and computer-based learning. These are but a few examples of grants from private foundations that specifically catering to programs helping at-risk students.
The government also has various funding and at-risk grants. Among them are the Adult Education – Basic Grants to States that catering to adults and out-of-school youths and the Rural and Low-Income School Program that gives financial aid for teacher training and professional development and educational technology in rural districts. All these grants have their own specific requirements, eligibility and grant amounts vary.