Who We Are

The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity was established in 2017 to celebrate the contribution that Frederick E. Hart made to our cultural heritage, to honor his commitment to civil rights, and to continue the work of providing educational opportunities to historically marginalized communities.

Our Mission

Effective educational experiences foster academic success and serve the basic developmental needs of the individual student. But truly effective educational experiences have the power to do more. Truly effective educational experiences have the power to cultivate within each student a lifelong passion for learning. And every student deserves that opportunity.

Every student deserves the opportunity to develop a sense of curiosity about the world. Every student deserves the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills essential to success in school, in higher education, and throughout adult life. Every student deserves the opportunity to maximize his or her potential.

By offering educational enrichment programs to underserved student communities, The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity is working to make this vision of expanding educational opportunities a reality.


Find out more about the life and work of Frederick E. Hart here.






 

What We Do

Equal access to education is a civil right. Regardless of family background, every young person deserves the chance to fulfill his or her potential. Every young person deserves the chance to access our common intellectual heritage, and share in the body of knowledge on which we all depend. Every young person deserves the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Effective learning experiences foster academic success, and help students develop a sense of curiosity about the world. To cultivate this sense of curiosity, and help students develop the skills they need for success in school, in higher education, and in adult life, the Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity supports early childhood education, youth education, higher education, and citizenship programs.

In order to make education more accessible to those student communities most impacted by social and economic disadvantages, The Frederick E. Hart Foundation for Educational Opportunity currently sponsors educational programs serving urban student communities in the following locations:

Oakland, California:
30% of children in Oakland live in poverty. As immigrants from non-English-speaking countries, or as the children of immigrants from non-English-speaking countries, many children in Oakland also face particular challenges as English language learners. In 2017-2018, according to Oakland Unified School District:

  • 74.5% of Oakland students were eligible for free & reduced price lunch.
  • 50.3% of Oakland students speak a non-English home language.
  • 30% of Oakland students are English language learners.
  • Only 65% of Oakland students in a four-year cohort graduate from high school.

Hayward, California:
As in Oakland, students in Hayward face staggering social and economic challenges. Within the most impoverished neighborhood of Hayward, the average per capita household income is just $17,749 (The Pioneer). 66% of students in Hayward qualify for free or reduced price lunches, and only 23% of Hayward High School students achieve scores at the national average or above on the SAT (PrepScholar).






 

Connect

Email: Lain@educationalopportunity.org
Phone: +1 (301) 887-3986
Address: 6411 Baltimore Avenue #191, Riverdale, Maryland 20738, USA

Job Opportunities: The work of the Frederick E. Hart Foundation depends on the skills and abilities of a select team.

Contact us to find out more.





LEFT: Ruby Middleton Forsythe, teacher and community leader. (Photo by Brian Lanker)
RIGHT: Ruby Middleton Forsythe Memorial Plaque by Frederick Hart.