MISSION: The Mission of The 11-10-02 Foundation is to break down racial, cultural, social and generational barriers and stereotypes while also funding grants and scholarships for students who need the financial assistance and who will seize the opportunity if it is given to them (and/or to provide grants to the schools which they attend and programs which help educate them). The Foundation has pursued this Mission through its BrunchBunch.com Mentoring Program and through its distribution of Grants & Scholarships.
.MENTORING PROGRAM: The BrunchBunch.com Program was created in March 1997. When The 11-10-02 Foundation was created in July 1998, it began overseeing the program. BrunchBunch.com was created with the hope of bringing people together of different races, cultures, ages and backgrounds through group brunches and activities (typically basketball or a visit to a local facility for seniors). For the first 243 weeks, the program convened every weekend and involved more than 700 students and adults. Now that most of the students involved are off to college (or, in some cases, now graduated from college!), the group no longer meets every week.
GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS: The 11-10-02 Foundation gives out grants and scholarships to selected students, schools and nonprofit organizations. The 11-10-02 Foundation remains very small - so the grants and scholarships given out by The 11-10-02 Foundation are 'relatively small', too: ranging from $25 to $5,000 apiece (with most of them falling between $500 and $2500). [We use the words 'relatively small' because $5000, $500 - or even $50 - is a lot of money to many of us and it can mean a lot to a student or school with financial need, but we also realize there are some foundations that are thankfully able to give out millions of dollars in grants - so, in that context, the amounts we give out are 'relatively' small]. The 11-10-02 Foundation's Grants and Scholarships for individual students are typically awarded based on criteria such as achievement, attendance, work ethic, leadership, perseverance, overcoming obstacles, dealing with rejecton, and their (positive) attitude toward teachers and staff. The Grants for the schools are earmarked for educational needs such as books, computers or supplies. There is no way for a student to apply independently for an 11-10-02 Foundation Grant or Scholarship. The 11-10-02 Foundation has provided Grants & Scholarships to assist students studying a wide variety of meaningful pursuits - ranging from Medicine to Music and many majors in between. 11-10-02 has assisted an extensive number of students and schools in the state where it began -- as well as a variety of students and schools in other parts of the country.