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Edu-U-Pack

Program

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School Kids

Give the Gift of Education


11+ million children in the United States live below the poverty line and can’t afford the most basic learning supplies. Your investment will provide a quality backpack for a child in need. Or a quality backpack filled with 6 months worth of vital school supplies. 

 

Get everyone in your office involved.  Why not have everyone pitch in and outfit a school located near you!

 

  • 1 Backpack: $25.00

 

  • 1 Backpack & Supplies- Grades 1-3 $50.00

 

  • 1 Backpack & Supplies- Grades 4-6 $75.00

 

  • 1 Backpack & Supplies- Grades 7-8 $100.00 

 

  • 1 Backpack & Supplies- Grades 9-12 $125.00

 

  • 200 Backpacks- Whole School $5,000

Program Details: The Young Talons work directly with schools, school boards to implement the Edu-U-Pack Program and donate backpacks to students in need within their schools. We do NOT give backpacks directly to individuals or families. Please speak with your school and have them contact us if interested in applying for next year’s program.


The Young Talons Edu-U-Pack Program provides vital school supplies to thousands of kids who begin the school year without the proper essentials. Each August, The Young Talons, in cooperation with school boards and local administrators, identifies children with the greatest needs in low-income communities across the nation. The program equips students with the tools needed to help “even the playing field” and prepare them for a successful school year and beyond. The Edu-U-Pack Program distributes backpacks to the most at-risk children in schools nationwide.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your organization can get involved in one of two ways – by making a financial donation to the program, or by collecting supplies and filling backpacks.

 

FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP

Without the generous support and partnership of businesses and community organizations, The Young Talons would be greatly limited in its impact on our communities and the children we serve. Any donation is valuable and appreciated, and contributions are tax deductible.

 

“IN THE BAG” BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

The Back to School Supply Drive is a fun way to involve your whole organization, and allows everyone a “hands on” opportunity to more actively participate. Using the Backpack Contents list as a guide, members of your organization can collect brand-new school supplies to fill as many backpacks as you choose, either individually or corporately.

Please deliver the supplies to The Young Talons by the 2nd week in July so we can get the backpacks to the schools in August. Thank You.

Below is the backpack content list:

GRADES K-3

  • 1 Pkg. Lead #2 Pencils

  • 1 Pkg. Crayons

  • 1 Pencil Case

  • 1 Eraser

  • 1 Pencil Sharpener

  • 1 Glue Stick

  • 1 Pkg. Construction Paper

  • 1 Pkg. Markers (Washable)

  • 1 Pair Safety Scissors

  • 1 Box Tissue (Small)

  • 1 Box Colored Pencils

  • Pocket Folders

  • Rulers

  • Binders

GRADES 4-8

  • 1 Three-ring Binders

  • 1 Pkg. Paper (200 sheets each)

  • 1 Spiral Notebook

  • Pocket Calculator

  • 1 Pkg. Pencil Crayons (12 pack)

  • 1 Pkg. of Pens

  • Protractor

  • Compass

  • 1 Glue Stick

  • 2 Erasers

  • 1 Pencil Sharpener

  • 1 Pkg. of #2 Pencils

  • Pocket Folders

GRADES 9-12

  • (6) 3-ring binders,  one for each class

  • Dividers

  • #2 Pencils

  • Ballpoint pens (blue or black)

  • Highlighters

  • Erasers

  • 1 box of colored pencils, markers or crayons

  • Loose leaf, college-ruled notebook paper

  • Index cards

  • Glue sticks

  • Pack of graph  paper

  • Composition or spiral notebooks

  • Ruler (inches and centimeters)

  • Compass

  • Protractor

 

THE YOUNG TALONS EDU-U-PACK PROGRAM GUIDELINES AND Q&A

DO I HAVE TO INCLUDE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ON THE LIST FOR THE AGE RANGE I AM PROVIDING BACKPACKS FOR?

YES – It is important that we are providing all of the same items on the list to ensure each child has the tools to succeed equally. We may also need to combine your donated backpacks with others going to the same location and we want to know they will all provide the same excitement.


CAN I USE DIFFERENT PACKAGE SIZES FOR ITEMS SHOWN ON THE LIST?

ABSOLUTELY – There are so many varieties of items to choose from so yes you can use different pack sizes for items. We just ask that they are not excessive or take up too much space in the backpack so all items required can be included. Example: 10 pack of pens vs. a 6 pack of pens or 200 sheet refill paper vs. 150 sheet refill paper


CAN I ADD ADDITIONAL ITEMS NOT SHOWN ON THE LIST PROVIDED?

ONLY LIST ITEMS PLEASE – Although we love the generosity, we created our backpack lists based on the needs specified by parents and educational facilities to provide a consistent selection of supplies. We also may need to combine donations to equal the needs at each location, and it is so important that your backpacks match everyone else’s. Feel free to box those extra items up and label them accordingly as we can often utilize them in our programs across the United States as prizes or incentives throughout the program.


IF I HAVE LEFTOVER ITEMS CAN I JUST ADD EXTRA STUFF TO SOME BACKPACKS?

NO - We ask that you please stick to the specified list of items and quantities provided to ensure all students receive the same great experience as their classmates. Also, those extra items make consistent packaging and shipping much more challenging. If you end up with extra items we ask that you please box them up separately to be donated and label them accordingly as we can always use them towards other initiatives.


CAN I ADD FOOD, SNACKS, OR DRINK CONTAINERS TO THE BACKPACKS?

NO – It is very important that food or drink items are NEVER added to backpacks as children may have allergies to certain products, and our distribution is not always immediate, therefore items could expire before they are received. Rest assured that our programs all provide a healthy snack for the children each week to give them the energy and nutrition they need to learn and participate.


HOW SHOULD I PACKAGE THE BACKPACKS FOR DROP OFF OR PICK UP?

It is so helpful to us to have a consistent packaging process to enable our volunteers to receive and re-distribute your generous backpack donations quickly and efficiently. To complete this we need to ensure we know exactly what is being donated with clear detailed labeling and secure packaging.

Please ensure the following is completed to allow us to complete this efficiently.

BOXES - Source solid corrugated boxes that will hold approximately 4 to 6 backpacks and are ideally all the same size. An example would be item #694019 from Staples which measures 20”L x 14”W x 12”H. Anything larger becomes too heavy to lift for both yourself and our volunteers. Please seal each box with tape so they don’t break open during transportation.

LABELS - Please ensure each box is labeled with the following 2 things.

1. The quantity of backpacks enclosed in the box

2. The grade level they were created for (either Grade 1-3 OR Grade 4-8)

                                                                   Thank You So Much For Helping!

And it will be the hand that gives, my hand that gives, that will heal. For it is in giving, it is in my giving when often so little is there to give, that I will always gather. And what will be gathered I will give from my heart.