Thanks for everyone for encouraging me to make a donation possible.
The trip to send 18 great Baltimore city kids on a peer-leadership course through Outward Bound costs $1300. The kids have kicked in $650 - half of it - and I said I'd work on funding the other half. I thought I had it secured, but it has fallen through, and now I'm left with this last desperate attempt. If the money is not raised, then I will end up paying for the trip myself, or, at the very least, begging Outward Bound to hold over the bill for a year to see if there's any money in the budget to do it next year. Neither option is desirable.
If you don't know what Outward Bound is, it's a great organization that sends kids out in the wilderness to hike and camp. It's all about hands-on education, and they stress self-reliance, compassion, responsibility, and teamwork. At our school, I try to target at-risk kids who could really use a change of perspective in their lives, and I have seen amazing results. "Bobby" is one of the prime examples of a success story, but the last kid who won the University of Maryland full ride scholarship was also an Outward Bound kid in the 9th grade.