The Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation (Diane Flynn, Ron and Dwight Johnson) have generously donated $100,000 to Spero Challenge and will match dollar for dollar any donation up to $100,000 by Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018.
"This generous gift by the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation allows Spero Challenge to fund student-led community service projects which are changing lives in our local community,” said Brian Bajari, CEO of Spero Challenge. “We launched Spero Challenge six months ago and we already have 14 student projects up and running in the community. Our goal is to empower students to think, act and collaborate, identify and solve community problems that are meaningful to them – we’re aiming to do 100 student-led projects by the end of 2019.”
Spero Challenge students are working on; a Carmel River and Beach Clean-up, a Hygiene for the Homeless Program, a blossoming community garden project called The Backyardigans, an Owl Protection Effort, an Art from the Heart program at local hospitals, a Music Beyond Borders to give all students access to musical instruments, a Resource and Mental Wellness Pop-up Center for high-school students, a Mentor Up program to connect with the elderly community and Sports Gear for Kids.
“I've had the privilege of attending two Spero Challenge workshops, and Brian's energy and ability to connect with the teenagers and children is inspiring. There was a transformation that occurred among these students. They started sitting back passively listening, and by mid-way through, they were engaged, concerned about the challenges they found in the community, and excited to move forward with solutions. We believe that Spero Challenge will make a significant difference in the lives of these students and the local community,” said Dwight Johnson, Trustee of the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation.
About Spero Challenge
Spero Challenge is for students from 5th grade and above, as well as schools, mentors and community groups. Students attend a Spero Challenge Workshop where they identify community challenges, create a business plan, propose solutions, receive funding and launch their projects. Working with mentors, students are given the opportunity to be the CEO of their own student-led service projects in their local community and are encouraged to collaborate with other students to achieve their goals.
Spero Challenge believes in creating hope advocates, social changer, YES Champions, and ultimately, community leaders among our students.