Facing COVID Fallout for Youth and Educators with Creativity and Compassion
Deadline: Aug 6, 2021 (Full proposal)
Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $25,000
Fields of work: Teacher Development & Training Educational Access & Equity Youth Development & Leadership
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach
Location of project: Massachusetts
Location of residency: United States
The Beker Foundation is launching an RFP in response to the COVID crisis.
Imagine it is 2023: COVID vaccination has been widespread, and life is seemingly “back to normal.” While many kids and educators managed, and perhaps even thrived, during the abrupt shift to technologically mediated learning, many others suffered and continue to feel the reverberations.
COVID-19 starkly exposed and exacerbated the opportunity gap between low- and high-income youth, particularly for children of color. Children who lacked easy access to technology, internet, and adults able to devote time and energy to ensure their online success experienced learning loss and absenteeism. Children and teens’ social isolation and academic frustrations resulted in mental health struggles compounded by lack of access to affordable mental health care. Meanwhile, teachers, already stressed by inadequate support, were experiencing burn-out at high rates as they often struggled to both teach online and manage their own children’s remote learning. These disparities were also evident on the college level: while applications to Ivy League schools exploded, enrollment at cash-starved community colleges, a major route to advancement for BIPOC, immigrant, and lower-income young adults, sank dramatically.
As the pandemic recedes, The Beker Foundation is looking to support innovative ideas that address the revelations and repercussions of COVID-19 on youth and/or educators in Massachusetts communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
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