Our Programs

The ultimate goal of The Race For Education is to ensure our young people become successful members of the community.

Afterschool Programs

Our initial connection to students is through the Starting Gate program, an afterschool literacy program, offered in partnership with middle schools in Central Kentucky. For students who are reading significantly behind their grade level, the Starting Gate provides up to 180 hours per year of personalized support. Please visit the Afterschool Programs page for more information and applications.


We recognize that young people we serve are faced with many challenges outside the school day which affects their ability to perform as well as their peers. One of these issues is hunger. During the school year we offer healthy snacks through a partnership with God’s Pantry Food Bank.

Our summer nutrition program “Feed Your Body and Brain” is a partnership with Fresh Approach, God’s Pantry and International Book Project. The Race For Education provides free lunch for children up to eighteen years of age and a weekly healthy picnic for the family with age appropriate reading material. For more information on our “Feed Your Body and Your Brain” program please contact the Race For Education anytime during the summer months.

Teaching Internships

The success of our young people is highly dependent on the quality of our teachers. The Race For Education partners with local colleges and universities to offer teaching internships for the Starting Gate classrooms. Starting Gate students receive very personalized support while interns, college students who are education majors receive hands on experience, under the supervision of a certified teacher and can receive up to $6000 in scholarship awards to help lighten their financial burden. Please visit the Teaching Internships page for more information.


Since 2002 The Race For Education has awarded over six million dollars in college scholarships to young people with significant financial need. The average household income of the students receiving our scholarships is under $30,000 per year. Scholarship offerings vary from year to year. Please visit the Scholarships page for more information.

Financial Literacy

The young people we serve have little if any financial mentoring. With the cost of rising tuition paired with significant student loan and credit cards debt, The Race for Education decided to take action. Beginning in 2006 we required all of our scholarship recipients to participate in a financial literacy program. Through a federal Assets for Independence grant we are able to offer additional scholarship awards to students enrolling in this program. Please visit the Financial Literacy page for more information.