One of my passions in life is entertainment and the industry as a whole. Having worked for different entertainment companies (film, television, books) I had the opportunity to establish relationships with certain industry insiders. After my career change I was looking for a way to bridge the gap between my first passion entertainment and, what has now become my second passion, education. Thus I came up with the idea of establishing an organization that would help students complete their education.
The mission for L4L is to promote comedy shows across the country, starting with the cities that have the highest dropout rates, and using the proceeds to purchase laptops. The laptops would be given to specific low-income school districts as well as to made available for student use in wireless classroom kiosks.
It is my hope that if given access and opportunity, many students who, for whatever reason who don’t graduate, to complete their high school education. L4L will work to make students take responsibility for their own education by reducing the many excuses that students have for not completing high school.
The idea of One Laptop Per Child was pioneered by Nicolas Negroponte, founder and MIT professor. However the organization’s focus on developing countries, rather than the US students. My organization will focus on the poorest children and school districts in the US.
One Laptop Per Child Association, Inc. (OLPC) is a U.S. non-profit organization set up to oversee the creation of an affordable educational device for use in the developing world. Its mission is “to create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.” Negroponte states that the mission is to eliminate poverty. Its current focus is on the development, construction and deployment of the XO-1 laptop. (One Laptop per Child, Wikipedia)