The United States is one of the biggest countries in the world economically. The United States’ GDP was $20.54 trillion in 2018. Many of the largest companies such as Google and Facebook are based in the United States. It is also home to some of the biggest and most famous cities in the world such as New York City, Los Angeles, and where Strive2Thrive Edu was first founded, Charlotte, North Carolina. However, the recent pandemic, COVID-19, tossed the country into a frenzy, disrupting the economy, uprooting families, and blocking schools from continuing education. Students all across the country are losing valuable educational time due to this recent pandemic. The rise in online schools also disrupts the learning environment that K-12 students need. Massive layoffs and the pending economic crisis have also caused families to value their child’s education to provide necessities for their families.
UN Sustainable Development Goal:
Throughout the USA, Strive2Thrive Edu has worked and partnered with many institutions to work towards the United Nations sustainable development goals in our home country. We align with three goals throughout Project USA: good health and well-being (3), quality education (4), and reduced inequalities (17). During the summer, COVID-19 was raging, and cases were increasing at an exponential rate. To address sustainable development goal three, our staff members worked together to assemble and donate masks to Atrium Health in response to the shortage of medical masks for hospital workers and essential workers. We donated over 15 masks to Atrium Health, and we are proud to have helped people during these trying times. Strive2Thrive Edu also runs many academic and educational programs in various states, including our home state of North Carolina. Due to the lack of consistent academic teaching during COVID-19, Strive2Thrive Edu provides students of underprivileged backgrounds and children of essential workers with free tutoring (goal four). Strive2Thrive Edu fosters academic growth by providing necessary classes such as math, English, history, science while giving students the chance to grow their talents in music, computer science, art, and many other extracurricular classes. Through these means, students of lower socioeconomic status can receive the proper education they need during COVID-19 (goal 17).