The Pinball Clemons Foundation provides marginalized youth with educational resources and options to integrate into the mainstream of society. We want to ensure all youth are reading at grade level and graduating from high school ready for post-secondary education.
With the implementation of a customized mentorship program and financial support, we are removing the barriers that often hinder success. The ultimate goal is not a diploma or degree – we want to see youth successfully enter the workforce, gainfully employed in careers they desire.
Our Margins to Mainstream Partnership model is working to change the narrative for marginalized youth.
Our Local Impact Model focuses on supporting youth from high school to career by investing in programs that can help empower them and create sustainability.
There are incredible local programs that provide a wrap-around approach to the most marginalized youth with a goal of graduating from high school. But history has shown that a high school diploma does not equate to a career.
More often than not, at best, it can help obtain a job. Without accessibility and resources this demographic of youth can become invisible to most.
Youth in under-served communities struggle to get to college or university as they do not have the monetary resources or family support.
By removing the barriers every step of the way - our strategic funding of these programs will set them up for success.
Ever since I picked up a basketball, it has always gone hand in hand with education. The program funded by the Pinball Clemons Foundation has instilled in me character and education – to be the best I can be, never give up and always try hard. I was able to get through my academic struggles and make it through school.
If I had any advice for any young kids out there, your education and academics are what is going to get you ahead in life, its what’s going to get you a job – education is key.