By Sharon Aron Baron
A Coral Springs teen whose team was named as a 2021 finalist for Philanthropy Tank hopes with funding, their idea will become a reality.
Finalists will vie for up to $15,000 in funding during their March Finals Event.
Since 2015, Philanthropy Tank has focused on empowering and inspiring the next generation of CHANGEmakers by challenging and equipping them to implement sustainable service-driven solutions to problems affecting their communities.
Adin Groper, a senior at American Heritage High School Delray, along with Pierre Louis, Sophie Louis, and Eric Mackey, aims to provide free math tutoring in Spanish Haitian-Creole to minority K-5 students.
Through their group called OrangeMath Tutoring, they strive to combat the educational disparities in the current education system. by providing students with the necessary assistance to strengthen their foundational math skills while improving their standardized test scores.
“By helping those students who may not have the necessary resources to develop these skills, my colleagues and I aspire to guide them to new possibilities, opening doors they may not have otherwise been able to enter,” he said.
If they are awarded funding from Philanthropy Tank, Aiden said their expansion goals can transform from an idea to reality.
“We aim to impact the lives of as many kids as possible, and expanding our program to hundreds or even thousands of kids across South Florida would be absolutely amazing.”
They would also like to improve their resources and instructional materials, such as laptops, writing utensils, and whiteboards at OrangeMath Tutoring, to benefit students in need, ultimately improving the tutoring process.
Aiden lives in Wyndham Lakes with his mother, Jodi Green-Colón, and step-father Roberto Colón. His father, Lorin Groper, lives in Plantation.
The finalists will make their presentations virtually in the event on Philanthropy Tank’s website and its Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn pages on March 30.
This event is Philanthropy Tank’s 6th year operating this unique program in Palm Beach County. The locally grown success has resulted in expansion for the charity. Philanthropy Tank recently announced its first class of student philanthropists from the Baltimore, Maryland, area, and plans to continue its growth.
To date, Philanthropy Tank student-led programs have impacted more than 300,000 lives; more than 500 students have participated in the student programs, and more than $600,000 in grant money has been awarded to more than 45 projects.
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