We firmly believe that every teacher wants the very best for their students. When I chose education as my profession was when I realized that those who had the biggest impact on my life, other than my family and friends, were my teachers. Almost every one of them believed in me. As a teacher, I could bring something unique to young people in an important time of formulation. I could imbue in my students a mindset of curiosity and wonder—sparking their passion to learn, grow and be the best they could be. Our education project in Chester, PA exemplifies that a teacher’s commitment to believe in every student’s innate ability can be the access to bringing out their best.
The Possibility Fund was by started a small group committed to a big idea—reframing intractable challenges to create new possibilities in distressed communities. We were founded on the premise that everyone can, and should, have access to a bright future. This future begins by leveraging the resources and commitment which exist in every community to revitalize, reenergize, reinvest, and rebuild our communities from within.
Chester, Pennsylvania is the oldest continuously settled community in Pennsylvania. From its origins in 1644, it experienced its first major growth period stimulated by World War I. The rapid expansion of Chester’s industrial base in steel manufacturing and shipbuilding created the need for workers to support this growth provided many jobs in Chester and the vicinity.