As we all face both short- and long-term uncertainty in light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health crisis, we are thankful that the Horizons Network is dedicated to the well-being of Horizons students and families, and is backed by a community of supporters like you.
Right now, we at Horizons National are prioritizing working with our affiliates across the country to anticipate, organize, and address the impact – both present and potential – on the Horizons community.
Over the past few weeks, we have been communicating with our affiliates, gathering information from them and for them, and convening (virtually, of course) staff and board members to understand their needs and concerns.
In this uncertain time, one thing is also clear: the opportunity gap that Horizons works to close is going to become an even bigger resource gap. Odds were against Horizons youth in the best of times. This year, they will likely face even more challenges – not just summer learning loss, but potentially a whole semester’s worth. What will the fall season bring for our schools? How can students catch up from all they will have lost to the COVID-19 pandemic?
This remains our focus. At Horizons National, we are committed to leveraging our expertise in out-of-school-time learning, our strong sense of community, and our long-term commitment to support the success of all students in this evolving situation.
Since this health crisis began, our Network has come together (virtually) as a community aimed at meeting the immediate and long-term needs of our students.
- We have instituted weekly calls with Horizons leaders from across the network and created online channels for peer-to-peer communications
- We are rapidly curating external resources and creating new resources to help our affiliates transition to a new type of program delivery
- We will be hosting our 6th Annual Horizons Giving Day event on May 20, 2020, providing a powerful tool for digital fundraising in a time when spring in-person events have been canceled.
The Horizons Network will be ready to support our students and families on the other side of COVID-19, and we are eager to provide new opportunities, learning experiences, and more that will help students continue on their paths to success.