Our own individual and collective experiences have helped to inform our decision to become more actively involved in supporting our alma mater, XLCR. In retrospect, we recognize that as wonderful as many students might have found the high school experience, there were so many others who could have excelled further had it not been for various personal challenges in their living environments, which significantly impacted their academic, and in some instances, their social progress.
In addition to financial difficulties, some students have been dealing with issues such as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, and substance use by parent and/or child – issues that most people would find uncomfortable to share with anyone. Imagine then, the impact of these traumatic situations on minors who feel powerless to address their individual situations but are expected to cope and excel in school.
In light of these concerns, the 1976 Foundation supports the Excelsior student population via a mentorship program to enhance academic and social growth as needed. In instances in which mentorship might not be the clear or only solution, the foundation will fundraise and work with other reputable resources to address the identified issues.