Letter from our CEO, Khari Brown
For many, this year has been all but “normal” as we’ve been navigating through an unprecedented amount of challenges as a community and as an organization. All that has transpired throughout the year has led CPE to develop the same skills of perseverance that our students have always had to practice – and like our students, we are meeting the challenges and will grow stronger in the future.
With COVID, the recession, and a reckoning over racial justice, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone: staff, schools, mentors, many of our donors, and for the public at-large. It has, however, been the toughest for our students as we continue to hear stories from those who have had to cut back on classes due to financial restraints, who have lost jobs, and who have had to take semesters off to find employment in order to help support their families.
The effects of the pandemic will be with us for years to come, and CPE is preparing to continue to grow and meet the increased demands for mentoring. We are working on our next multi-year strategic plan to continue the expansion of our impact in our region. CPE has always relied upon a community of volunteers, institutional partnerships, and financial supporters; and we will need your continued help in responding to the call to action to change students’ outcomes.
We have all been challenged and stretched, but we’ve learned that we can persevere through a community of support to get to better days ahead of us.