Dr. Brenda Lynch of Houston is a lifelong educator who is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults. In 1999, Lynch and her husband, Norman, founded Love & Truth Ministries, a nonprofit organization that organizes activities for students, including annual out-of-state college tours for high school students.
“I have a passion to help as many children as I can during my lifetime,” says Lynch, a psychology professor at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. “In addition to teaching, I help school children by preparing their teachers to become school counselors. I’ve always worked hard to prepare children for a successful adult life.”
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For the past five years, Love & Truth Ministries has enabled high school students to take extensive college tours, helping them learn about their options in higher education. The tours include colleges not only in Texas & HBCU’s, but and have taken students from as far away as Yale University in Connecticut and Stanford University in California in previous years.
Lynch ensures that the bus ride itself is an educational experience by making the vehicle a “Rolling University,” in which students watch DVDs and learn about transitioning to higher education as well as the history of the areas that are visited.
This summer’s tour will focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Because the organization is a nonprofit and receives funding from donations, the cost for the tour is just $650. That includes bus transportation, meals and hotels.
Still, some students lack the financial means to participate and miss out on this opportunity. “Those who need it most can’t afford to go,” says Lynch. “Every year, we leave behind busloads of deserving but poor students who can’t pay the fee.”
In order to generate funding for these students, Lynch has launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which can be viewed www.indiegogo.com/projects/hbcu-higher-education-tour
Donations of any amount are welcome and all donors will receive a letter qualifying the contribution for a federal tax credit. The goal is to fund 10 students ($6,500).
For a $25 donation, backers can get their names on the Love & Truth Ministries website (www.universitytour.org)
A $100 pledge gets your name on the website and communication from the funded student during the tour.
“Although our goal of $6,500 for 10 students, we can – and really need – to take many more students,” says Lynch. “This is a very valuable opportunity and we’re trying to extend it to as many students as we can.”
For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/hbcu-higher-education-tour or the summer tour website, www.universitytour.org
Lynch can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Profit/tax-deductible donation, Rolling University, higher education, first generation students
Students on university tours enjoy learning about the unique character and courses of study at various institutions of higher education.
Student ‘tourists’ learn that they, too, belong and deserve to be in college!
Company Name: Love & Truth Ministries
Contact Person: Brenda Lynch, Ed.D.
Country: United States