Franklin Virtual Schools launches Educational Assistant Resource Network to help underserved teens & families reach education milestones

Things are moving rapidly for the new nonprofit, EARN (Educational Assistant Resources Network) ,  founded to assist low-income individuals/families and “life challenged” teens reach critical education milestones. The nonprofit has just announced a launch event slated for December 12 where a  variety of local and national athletes and celebrities will be in attendance, and a premiere of a documentary trailer on filling the many education gaps will be shown. The documentary, which explores the public education system, outlines how the educational needs of EARN’s target demographic go unmet through public schools. Furthermore, EARN organizers will outline the nonprofit’s goals and growth plans to contributors and representatives of partner outreach organizations in attendance.

“This launch celebration will outline the difficulties faced by deserving, low-income (often unemployed) adults and life-challenged teens (many homeless, abused or in rehab) in their efforts to better their lives and their communities,” stated Michael Deroche, EARN’s executive director. “Efficient education programs and support delivered to this demographic through EARN will result in strengthening communities nationwide,” he added, “the one topic both recent presidential candidates could agree upon, though effective systems to address this are simply not in place.”

“The individuals in EARN’s demographic must demonstrate basic accomplishments/skills to prospective employers, but their access to needed resources that would ensure such success (true consolidated solutions or financial assistance) has not been available to them,” noted David Hooser, who serves as Chief Administrative Officer of one of EARN’s major partners, Franklin Virtual High School in a prepared statement.

“Without a high school credential or trade-specific learning, folks have little chance of obtaining gainful employment,” added Hooser, who also noted that, “high school dropout rates have increased in the past few years as a result of what many feel is a broken public education system. For dropouts who finally decide to finish their education, the picture is bleak.”

According to Hooser, “EARN will work directly with individuals in need and local/national outreach organizations whose budgets are already stretched, and for whom the addition of an education/skills learning component is essential to transitioning their people back into the community. One such organization is Teen Challenge of Arizona.”

Visit EARN online to learn more about the organization