Friday, June 22, 2012

The Elizabeth Edwards Foundation Takes a Stand Against Bullying

Recently, people all across the country have joined together to protect the nation’s youth and put an end to the bullying epidemic.  Bullying can make a huge difference in a student’s success in school.  The victim of a bully may lose self-confidence, leading to not only lowered academic expectations, but also inhibited personal growth. 

At the Elizabeth Edwards Foundation, we aim to support struggling students and empower them to take a stand against whatever obstacles they may face.  We want to unlock student potential and give them the resources they need to shine.  A huge part of that requires students to feel comfortable and confident among their peers. 

In a study by the Department of Justice last December found here, research recommends mentoring programs and community service opportunities to support students who struggle with bullying.  The EEF has already built these facets into the Elizabeth Fellows program. 

To tackle problems students may be facing, Fellows will be matched with mentors at local colleges who have tackled these problems already.  By building this relationship, we hope to give students a safe space for growth that is required to overcome bullying and other personal obstacles.  Our community service projects are developed and implemented by the Fellows, empowering them to make a positive change within their community and giving them confidence that they can make a difference.  We want to show our support for youth in the anti-bully movement and empower students to become leaders in their communities. 

If you or someone you know would make a great mentor and attends college in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area, follow this link for more details:

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Elizabeth Edwards Foundation Welcomes Intern Katie Davey to the Team

The Elizabeth Edwards Foundation welcomes Katie Davey to the team.  Originally from Yonkers, New York, she is a senior at Georgetown University.  During the school year Katie supports Washington DC’s students through her role as a program coordinator for DC Reads, which is a tutoring, mentoring and advocacy organization based out of Georgetown.

Excited to begin working with the Foundation, Katie said,

“I believe that education is more than just academics.  The Elizabeth Edwards Foundation ‘s focus on mentorship, advocacy and public service capture the fundamentals of leadership, and I am so happy to be a part of such a great mission”.

The Elizabeth Edwards Foundation is pleased to have Katie's help as we continue our mission of educating, enriching and empowering youths.