The neighborhood of Bayview-Hunters Point, San Francisco, is so dangerous that even nearby businesses refuse to deliver here.
A Happy Campus is Born
The Happy Campus Program was created out of this desperate need in 2006. Volunteers reached out to schools in Bayview-Hunters Point to see how they could help.
Tzu Chi began by equipping the students with the tools they needed to succeed. Volunteers donated both backpacks and uniforms at the MAGIC Back-to-School Celebration and Backpack Giveaway in Bayview-Hunters Point.
Play Catch Up
These schools are often unable to reach what is considered average on the Academic Performance Index.
Local university and high school students also volunteer as tutors. Many of the children in Bayview-Hunters Point would never have considered attending higher education, but that is now beginning to change.
In 2011, Malcolm X announced that their students had outscored the San Francisco School District in mathematics for the first time ever!
But despite volunteers’ efforts, attendance still remained a problem.
Tzu Chi partnered with the Board of Education to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.
Class Is In Session
Tzu Chi has even given the students a chance to learn about a completely new culture.
During the summer of 2013, Tzu Chi volunteers took the children of Malcolm X Elementary on a field trip to Chinatown to practice what they had learned in class.
Bayview-Hunters Point has an unemployment rate of 19 percent, 4 times the average of San Francisco. To help, Tzu Chi created a job center.
Volunteers find jobs on the internet then help the parents apply for these positions.
Tzu Chi even delivered basic essentials like food and furniture to the families that were most in need.
Tzu Chi has received recognition by the Board of Education for their work in the San Francisco area.
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Given the success of Happy Campus in San Francisco, the program is being replicated in other areas of the United States.
Happy Campus is currently in 4 regions — California, New York, Texas, and in Washington, D.C.
Tzu Chi will continue expanding the Campus to support students from low income families all over the nation. Will you help us give them a chance?