As those with limited knowledge gave flack to Oprah for choosing to invest a large sum of money in the education of young female South Africans whose only limitation was that they were waiting for a chance, instead of investing that money in the education of intelligent needy children in the US who also need a chance, didn’t do their homework to find out that Oprah‘s main staple of investing in education was always about giving a chance to those who would appreciate it , make good on it & utilize it to the greatest good. Oprah has been amongst the top donors for the USA based A Better Chance Organization (ABC), whose scholarship recipients include Governor Duval Patrick, actress Joi Bryant , and many distinguished professionals of color in all walks of life. We even have our very own jailbird turned free bird, John Forte amongst the ranks of recipients!
This is the program that gave me A Better Chance, right here in good ol’ USA! So I say, thanks Oprah & all those who put their money where their heart & voice is in commitment to giving others A Better Chance!
Our mission is to substantially increase the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.
History A Better Chance began in the 1960s as an innovative experiment in educational opportunity. At a time of political unrest, social idealism, and the struggle for civil rights, the Charles E. Merrill Foundation awarded a grant that allowed twenty-three independent schools to respond to President John F. Kennedy’s call for equal access to the nation’s top schools for students of color. The schools’ response: the Independent School Talent Search Program (ISTSP).
45 years ago, A Better Chance was built on a simple idea: better educational opportunities lead to better lives. More than 11,000 Scholars and the millions of people they have touched are a testament to the validity of this premise.