There’s a saying “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for the rest of his life.” At A Better Chance of Wilton our mission is to teach our disadvantaged, academically promising Scholars of color to “fish” in today’s complex world by acquiring a better education and the work ethic to support it. Operating in our sixteenth year, we are proud to say that 100% of our seniors have graduated from the Wilton High School and 100% have been accepted to college. They represent proof positive of the program’s ongoing success.
More importantly, however, during their time in Wilton, the ABC Scholars become valued and contributing members of our High School and our community; and, as they enter college, they become role models of success in their communities. In many cases, they are the first family member to attend a college or university. Their success is the direct result of our community’s focused and committed philanthropy in supporting the boys’ and the girls’ houses. Thank you for your ongoing generosity.
This year, as a non-profit where 100% of your contributions are used to finance the program, we are again asking for your support. Since we are almost exclusively a community funded program, we simply cannot survive without your donations. In turn, know that monies you contribute to the program are used very judiciously. Based on cost per Scholar, we are the most efficient program in our Fairfield County peer group that includes Westport, Darien, New Canaan and Ridgefield.
There is another saying that applies to A Better Chance of Wilton, “It takes a town to raise a child.” In our case, it takes a community to get eight boys and six girls successfully through their High School years in Wilton and into college. We are indebted to the High School and the Board of Education for their commitment to the program. In addition, nearly one hundred and fifty volunteers serve the program as Host Families, College Coaches, School Mentors, Tutors, Counselors and Drivers to name a few of the functions needed to operate the program. The point is that this program is your program; it’s the community’s program, staffed and supported by you and your neighbors. As such we encourage you to get to know us better and we would welcome your participation.
Again, let me thank you for your interest in and support of A Better Chance of Wilton, the program that teaches disadvantaged youth of color how, through the benefits of a better education and hard work, they can learn to “fish” for life.