Conor Collins is ahead of the game, and he’s trying to take as many people along as he can.
The Rogers High School junior is not only thinking about his own future, but the futures of other young people, too.
Collins, with the help of friends and teachers, has started the Finer Future organization, which encourages students to engage with peers and motivate them toward academic success.
The group is working to obtain nonprofit status. Collins plans to include the effort as part of his senior project required for graduation next year.
“I had the idea that if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it right and do it big,” he said.
The concept is simple: Students help kids in lower grades prepare for the journey ahead through outreach and activities.
The group focuses on two goals:
• Sponsoring new clubs started and run by students. The idea is to provide resources and opportunities for schools that lack extracurricular activities.
• Raising money for a senior scholarship. Nobody has applied for the $500 scholarship available this year.
“Right now it’s open money,” Collins said.
He said the group’s hope is to break down financial and grade-level barriers to help kids succeed. Those involved with Finer Future reached out to past and current teachers and other community members to develop the program.
The group has a website with resources for getting involved in schools and the community, and a form to sign up for weekly newsletters. There’s a list of visions and goals, as well as a link for donating.
Collins, who is passionate about cycling and recently completed three Advanced Placement courses, has always dreamed of attending Stanford University. He plans to apply to several schools in California.
But he has his eyes set on a Finer Future for more than just himself.
“We just wanted to see what we could do,” Collins said of his group. “Come up with some big idea that could grow and develop even after we’re out of high school.”
IF YOU APPLY
Finer Future is offering a $500 scholarship to a senior. For more information and to apply online, visit finerfuture.org/scholarships/the-first. The deadline is June 1, but nonprofit founder Conor Collins said that may be extended. Donations can be made at finerfuture.org/donate.Kari Plog: 253-597-8682 firstname.lastname@example.org @KariPlog