Akon is an action-oriented dude. Rather than just tweeting out a kind thought, he challenged his fans and Twitter followers with an assignment: Help 60 worthy students afford a college education.
The sometimes freaky Senegalese singer doesn't hoard activist energy for his own nonprofit, the Konfidence Foundation; he's more than willing to share the charitable love for other causes and programs he cares about. One that seems to have made its way to his heart is A Place Called Home, a youth services organization based in South Central LA. Yesterday afternoon he tweeted:
Help A Place Called Home Send 60 Kids to College! Text GIVE 9796 to 80088 to donate $10.— AKON (@Akon) March 12, 2012
APCH has the breakdown of how much money it'll take to guide 60 students through the college application process and into the halls of higher education. For example, $25 provides four students with College Prep materials, $50 sends four prospective students on college campus tours, $500 pays for a semester's worth of books for one student ... and $5,000 covers a semester of tuition at a University of California school for one person. You can donate with an impact goal in mind via the Global Giving APCH project page -- but you can also go the Akon route and text a manageable $10 to the year-long campaign aiming to raise $50,000. That's how much APCH needs to help 60 of its awesome teens realize their education dreams.
Those not in South Central under the watch of Akon -- don't lose hope. It's not easy, but college can be affordable. Get Schooled has oodles of resources and options to consider. Check out the links below to get in on the action.