We know that one of the best poverty fighting tool is a full education – one free of disparities and inequalities. Research, however, has demonstrated that children and youth living in poverty tend to have poorer education results compared to their wealthier peers. These discrepancies are not due to the lack of ability to perform, but are rather the outcome of not having the necessary resources in order to be confident and successful in their academic journeys.
Partnering with the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, HOPE House coordinates the collection of school supplies to provide every child in need with a brand new, fully stocked backpack.
Through our application process, we gather information on the student in order to offer a brand new backpack and supplies customized to their needs through an affordable pay what you can back-to-school market.
By owning something brand new, our kids feel that they matter, that they are valued and that they have not been overlooked or forgotten. We are simultaneously helping their school readiness as well as their state of mind and self-confidence going into a new school year.