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Education | Opportunity | Hope

Faith for Change represents companies, national non-profits, community organizations, and individuals united by a common belief that all children deserve an equal opportunity to a quality education, career and college readiness.

Our faith in young students to make the world a better place through academic and professional attainment compels us to create pathways out of poverty that strengthen and change the life outcomes of families and communities the US and abroad.

Our mission is to build long-term partnerships in the business sector, with foundations, schools and colleges that enable us to resource students with scholarships, cultural exchanges and career opportunities through STEM.

We are committed to this mission because we have the faith to believe that by working together we can be a part of creating a global solution that serves the whole of society by opening doors to a better future.

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Our quality standards apply also in terms of service, technical expertise and advice. Our dedicated employees are happy to assist you with know-how and experience in your daily business.

Compass + Chance Fund

The “Compass + Chance Fund”, provides scholarships, social education/learning for students and creates gateways to innovative careers through STEM.

Partner and Advocates

These companies and organizations are actively engaged in education through STEM and advocacy. 

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STUDENT PROFILES

Talita

Talita

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hi, my name is Talita, I´m 18 years old and I live in the community of Vila Parque Cidade near Rocinha. I´m part of the Methodist Church in Botafogo where I´m currently the president of the youth. I participated in various missionary projects such as missionary trips to Bahia, Pernambuco , summer vacation bible studies with children from the Dona Marta community in Botafogo among others. One of my dreams is to become a psychologist and to be able to help others both in my professional life and in a nonprofit organization giving physiological assistance to youth and adults. Including when it´s needed for missionary work. I´ve graduated from High School in December as an honor student.

Even though I´ve always studied in privet schools I´ve done it with scholarships that have taken care of part of the cost of the courses. Because of it, I´ve have not been classified to received government grants such as PROUNI and not even have the possibility to apply to get into affirmative acts programs such as the Cotas for the Public Universities where I´m in the waiting list for reclassification. On the other hand, my dream almost became real when I passed the Vestibular for PUC- RIO in the first call and got 25% scholarship at UVA. Unfortunately, I could not get in college for psychology because I did not have the financial means to do it because I did not have the money to pay for the entering fee, monthly tuition, book, transportation. For PUC- Rio transportation won´t be a problem because I live near.

Because I passed in front of it every day on my way back home I was very motived to It was to study very hard and pass the Vestibular at PUC-Rio, it was a reminder to me of my great dream and never forget my goals.

My mother is retired due to incapacity of working and my father is unemployed and waiting for an answer from INSS, Social Security, to retire for time of contribution more than 35 years. Because of it, I´ve just started working part time to try to get funds for my future tuition.

Oswald

Oswald

Johannesburg, South Africa

My name is Oswald Van Der Nest. I reside in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, South Africa. I attended Eldorado Park Secondary School. I am the third eldest of 10 children; my grandmother raised three of us, as my mom and dad did not have the means to raise 10 children on their own. I hardly know my mom and dad, but this made me even more determined to finish my high school and become the first ever grandchild and child of my parents to go to University and finish strong. I matriculated high school in December 2014.

In the next ten years I see myself as a lawyer and owning a business. The reason why I aspire to become a lawyer is to defend people’s rights and to ensure that justice is served without violence. I believe that violence is an act of weakness. I would like to achieve my goal so that I could help my grandmother who helped me a lot, by motivating and emotionally and financially. Being the first one of her grandchildren to matriculate, I believe that it is very important to make a difference in the lives of my family and those who look up to me and show people that something good can come out of Eldorado Park.

Bianca

Bianca

Cape Town, South Africa

Bianca Plum is 17-year-old young learner with a heart of gold. In June 2013, she was diagnosed with ITP, a blood disorder that can lead to easy or excessive bruising and bleeding due to unusually low levels of platelets. As a result, she had to stop playing netball and takes medication regularly. But this condition has not deterred her from pursuing her dreams. She is a talented singer, tutors and mentors other learners within her community and is in the debating society at school. Her condition has inspired her to become a doctor who specializes in Hematology to help other people diagnosed with blood disorders. Her favorite subjects are physical science, life science and history.

Lonnie White

Lonnie White

My short-term goal is to complete my masters degree program next year in December and gain an opportunity to work with a leading Aerospace Company working on an important project that will benefit the future of mankind and to see the project work and manifest successfully. My long term goal is to become actively involved with a non-profit organization such as Peace Corps or any other organization that participates in helping under-privileged societies with education, food, water, all daily living amenities that we may take for granted. Working with these organizations and gaining some experience I then plan to start my own non-profit which will start in the inner-city of Chicago, my hometown, and then hopefully branch out to other countries in Africa and around the world. It is a fresh idea which I had about a month ago and still needs development but I want it to somehow glorify GOD and at the center of all our benefits and assistance to spread the Gospel of Jesus.

I am 22 years old from Orland Park, which is in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Currently I’m living out in Melbourne, FL attending graduate school at Florida Institute of Technology studying Aerospace Engineering. I have always loved planes, jets, motorcycles, fast cars, basically anything loud and fast. But my interest grew in the Aerospace field one day when I saw a commercial on television of Astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew. This commercial was very inspirational to me because he was a black man, someone that looked like me, in space and involved with the latest technology speaking to me saying you can do anything no matter who you are as long as you put your mind to it. He said be bold and courageous in following your dreams and it was so cool and inspiring that I chose to study Aerospace Engineering in pursuit of one day

I believe that God has a plan for my life and I hope to make a difference in the world!

Best Regards,

Lonnie V. White III

Krystal Norman

Krystal Norman

Krystal Norman is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving a two-year term of service. She was commissioned in July 2014.
 The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for two years of mission service. The program grew out of the faith and justice emphases of the historic United Methodist US-2 and Mission Intern programs. Global Mission Fellows become parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.

Krystal is serving as intern in community development with the Cape Town Bold Empowerment Partnership in Cape Town, South Africa. The nonprofit partnership, established in 2011, facilitates economic development among marginalized persons and families, notably in an area known as the Cape Flats, comprising neighborhoods with high unemployment and low formal educational achievement. Krystal’s work is concentrated in the Lavender Hill High School and Hanover Park youth programs.
Krystal is from Houston, Texas, where she is a member of St. John’s Downtown United Methodist Church in the Texas Annual Conference. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Texas Southern University, Houston, and is completing a Master’s degree in cross-cultural ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary, Houston campus. She has taught 8th- and 9th-grade algebra and worked as a high school tutor. Her father is pastor of the Anointed House of Prayer in Houston.
Krystal experienced a call to mission at age 12, but did not realize the full impact of the call until at age 19 she was part of the first group of African-American students sent into short-term international service by Go Now Missions, a program of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. She went to Lusaka, Zambia. “My life was forever changed…I learned that my mission field is wherever my feet would take me, be it college, teaching, among family or friends, wherever.”

She says that she is “overwhelmed by God’s love that allows me to experience what I’m made for and also shows me how to be more like him in the process.”

Additional Information:
Make an online donation to: Krystal Norman #3022023. 
Missionary Support Code: 3022023
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SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

During our trip to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa we met with teachers, school administration leadership, and NGOs working to improve education outcomes for high schools and create pathways to higher education. The schools are located in communities trying to overcome issues related to poverty, unemployment, gang activity and substance abuse. During meetings, in Cape Town we provided financial support to Lavender Hill High School. Resources will be used to provide students with meals during school, tutors, and meals for after school programs. Lavender Hill High School has decreased the dropout rate by 25% as a result of providing students with meals. The additional support we provided will allow them to add more students to after school programs which will help keep kids of the streets and away from gang activity.
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RIO

RIO

We met with church leaders, youth pastors and NGOs working to meet the needs of poor children living in the gang infested favelas of Rio. During these meetings we discussed strategies for increased youth engagement in the community. We assessed current strategies/work that local churches are doing to reach youth in the community, infrastructure and capacity for expansion, successes and failures. During meetings with community organizations, we learned about the tactical work being implemented, communities they are engaging, needs being met, successes, outcomes, and strategy for expansion.
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