As you know, DiscoverU’s mission is to support under resourced students to participate in Fantastic Learning Opportunities (FLOs)—college- and career-preparatory experiences that take place in locations across the globe. While this year has certainly brought new challenges to the world of out-of-school learning, including turning our students’ own homes into FLO sites for virtual programs—we are excited to share how we’ve supported students, programs, and partners navigate these hurdles. Our aim has always been to get students into the wider world; the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we do this work, but not the spirit with which we do it.
DiscoverU is leaning into this opportunity to enhance our technological capabilities while preserving the core of our programming: to equalize access to high quality experiential learning opportunities for ALL students, regardless of background, systematically and with the human touch. We’re also thrilled to roll out our Access 4 All platform, which embeds video chat, screen sharing, and personalized mentoring directly into the DiscoverU Student Portal. Students like David S. from North Forest High School remind us why this work must continue in a COVID-19 world: "I feel that it's important to work on FLOs even during these trying times because there's never not a time to learn something new."
COVID-19 also changed the way we celebrate with our supporters as well. But like our FLOsters, we are rolling with the punches! We are thrilled to announce that the First Ever Virtual Friends of DiscoverU Bruncheon is scheduled for Sunday, December 13, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, right in the comfort of your home! The event goal is to raise scholarship funds to equalize access to high-quality, out-of-school learning opportunities for thousands of young people in Houston. Along with an online auction & raffle, there will be opportunities to enjoy our student-centered program, and test your hand at live FLO Trivia Bingo.
We hope you will join us as we come together virtually to raise awareness and funds to support Fantastic Learning Opportunities. See you there!