Ideas taking form:
Starts with Soap has projects being completed nationwide by our national team and by our chapters. Our projects focus on partnering with a school in need and working with their school board, teachers, and students to decide what areas we can better serve them. Whether it's providing basic necessities like hand sanitizer and pencils or creating supplementary academic curriculum, we are ready to work towards achieving more equitable education.
The vision behind this project was born from the appalling statistic that roughly 50% of Detroit's adult population is illiterate, which makes job search and economic mobility nearly impossible. With its updated program in hand, SWS aims to provide support for students who are at vulnerable risk for joining this statistic in hopes of instilling within them not only a love of the written word, but also the basic communication skills necessary to succeed in life.
Starts with Soap team members have been hard at work developing new projects to instill positive change. As all good things do, they take time. However, we want to keep our readers updated on the happenings of our national projects team and the hard work they have been putting in! Read more about our up and coming projects here.
In today's world, growing up without access to technology can provide a lifelong disadvantage. Through Computer Literacy for Indy, Starts With Soap aims to enable equitable education access and opportunity via monetary and in-kind support for the Edna Martin Center, an Indianapolis nonprofit serving 300 students and 3000 unduplicated individuals.
In Spring of 2016, Volusia County implemented a new uniform policy for its schools, one of which was Starke Elementary in Deland, FL. A majority of students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Program, and many could not support the new costs that a school uniform would bring in. After seeing a video released by Starke, SWS decided to lend a hand in an effort led by SWS Regional Executive, Dalton Price.