What do we do?
We co-create a plan with each student that will guide and nurture them to realize their individual dreams. We invest with our students long-term, often partnering with them from the 6th or 8th grade, through high school, college and the first few years of their career. Our volunteers guide and mentor students as they break the cycle of poverty, broaden their empathy through the spirit of service to their communities, realize their potential and bring about timeless changes – in themselves and in the world. The services that we provide include:
A list of services is available as a downloadable (PDF) file at this link:
What does it cost?
We provide scholarships based on financial need, so that no deserving student is turned away.
For all-inclusive four-year package: $ 8,500
For Juniors and Seniors, focused on college application: $ 6,000
For Essays and coaching on interview skills: $ 4,000
These donations are tax deductible per IRS guidelines.
We arrived at these suggested donations because many parents were asking for a dollar amount. Another motivating factor behind these suggestions are the fact that many felt they would like to support the mission of the Foundation in a meaningful way.
Comparable services can be found at sites such as the following. Timeless Changes Foundation is not in any way associated with these providers. What they provide and what we provide are very different. These sites are to give an idea of what’s available for parents and students:
Irena Smith Consulting
Bay Area College Consulting
Again, these are not limiting factors for a
Who do we serve?
We focus on two sets of the student community.
Our focus is on low-income, first generation college-bound students who show a passion to learn and a deep desire to rise above their challenges.
We also serve students that are overcoming challenges on the opposite end of the spectrum: we help students whose families or communities pile on high expectations, escape the rat race and help make the journey to college more enjoyable and fulfilling for the student and more peaceful for the whole family.
There is a clear expectation of a pay-forward: graduates of our program typically mentor those that follow them in the program.
The concept of “Pay it Forward”:
There are two aspects to the concept of paying forward: financial and mentoring.
Financial: We follow the model of the Aravind Hospital, where those that can afford to pay, do pay – and that money is used to fund services for those that come after them. Our level of commitment and service is exactly the same whether or not a student or client pays for it in money.
Mentoring: In addition, there is the clear expectation that all those that participate in or graduate from the program pay forward by coaching, mentoring and helping those that come after them.
How do we select our Timeless Scholars?
Teachers, counsellors, parents, well-wishers and family friends of the student nominate candidates for the Timeless Scholars program.
Scholars are selected by considering attributes in three dimensions:
(1) academic achievement;
(2), attitude, discipline and dedication;
Decision by the Board of Directors is final.
Based on the availability of funds, volunteer coaches and mentors, the number of scholars in the program varies each year.