Justification of problem

Justification of H.E.A.T and Global Efforts for ages 11-17 years old


 Higher Education:

  • Increased  graduation rates for middle and high school, due to feeling prepared for higher education
  • Lower high school dropout rate (reducing school to prison pipeline and teen pregnancy)
  • Increase in higher education enrollment rates; and completion of higher education institutions


  • Will be analytical in financial literacy and management
  • Increase knowledge in critical thinking skills, data, marketing, and research skills
  • On the job training and workforce development
  • 70% of wealthy families lose their wealth by the second generation, and a stunning 90% by the third, according to the Williams Group wealth consultancy


  • There is mounting evidence that students who participate in school gardening score significantly higher on standardized science achievement tests (Klemmer, et.al. 2005)
  • Gardens containing fruit and vegetables help to revise attitudes about particular foods.Students are more likely to try eating vegetables they have grown themselves and to ask for them at home (Morris & Zidenberg-Cherr 2002)
  • When children learn about water and energy cycles, the food chain, and the peculiar needs of individual species, and when they feel a sense of connection, and they have a reason to care about all the forces that impact the future of that existence. A garden offers many examples for gaining insight into the long-term human impact on the natural environment


  • According to the BPS data, older students, students from low-income families, and those less academically prepared enrolled in computer/information sciences more often than did their peers who were younger, from high-income families, or more academically prepared
  • Women make up only about one-quarter (25.8%) of those in STEM occupations 49. A substantial gender gap in engineering and computer occupations, For women of color, this gap is even wider. Asian and black women and Latinas made up less than 10% of working scientists and engineers in the United States in 2013 52
  • According to SecureEdge Network, integrating technology into the classroom is an effective way to connect with students of all learning styles and if used correctly, mobile devices and the applications they support, will help prepare students for their future careers

Global Efforts (Correlation to traveling and helping internationally):

  • Accessibility to a variety high-ranking career options on a larger scope
  • Exposure to first-hand primary resources to help extinguish global issues (i.e.-youth starvation in third world countries)
  • 57% of students who traveled as children went to college
  • Adults who went on domestic education trips during their youth earn $5000 more or 12% greater income than those who didn’t 
  • Educational travel makes school more interesting for 8 in 10 students


 Klemmer, C.D., Waliczek, T.M. & Zajicek, J.M. (2005). Growing Minds: The Effect of a School Gardening Program on the Science Achievement of Elementary Students. HortTechnology. 15(3): 448-452.)

Morris, Jennifer, & Zidenberg-Cherr, Sheri. (2002). Garden-enhanced nutrition curriculum improves fourth-grade school children’s knowledge of nutrition and preferences for some vegetables. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 102(1), 9