Obtaining a college degree is one of the most important investments a person can make. Without a degree it is very difficult to compete in the job market. Indeed, an individual without a degree knows how difficult it is to compete, especially in today’s market. However, the recent economic downturn has affected millions of graduates. Many of them cannot find gainful employment, and as a result they are left with shattered expectations and, far worse, the devastating burden of student loan debt. Instead of the hope of finding a new home to start a family, individuals are frantically searching for a second job. These financial challenges mean that these individuals are retreating from things that matter most: community involvement and family time. They are torn away from all types of social activities, something that does not help their sense of self-worth.
As a young person, who has gone to college and has struggled with student loan debt, SponsorChange.org’s Co-Founder and CEO Raymar Hampshire knows firsthand the way in which student loan debt can cripple one’s aspirations and life goals. Our team also knows why it is important to pay off student loan debt through service. Not only are we enabling people to lift the burden of being a helpless student debtor, we’re also providing individuals with a sense of purpose. In this way, student debtors are able to empower themselves, while working in the community as a volunteer. Also our team knows how alleviating student loan debt through service can empower individuals to pursue what’s most important to them.
Over the past year, we have read thousands of your emails and listened to hundreds of your calls on the challenges of managing student loan debt and how SponsorChange.org is desperately needed in your city. Government alone will not be able to solve this problem, and we should not expect it to. Change must begin with you, with me, with us. That’s why we are launching this next major initiative – SponsorChange.org’s The Big Pay Back - and bringing our vision of service to your neighborhood. This is a volunteer position and our goal is for city team leaders to work in groups of 3-5. What's really nice is that teams can agree to low, mild, and/or high levels of engagement for the Big Pay Back National Awareness Campaign.
a. Hold at least 2 local activities to support the national awareness of student loan debt and the SponsorChange.org movement in local cities and towns, i.e., have a informational lunch, host a happy hour, organize a service a project, organize a panel discussion, etc. - these activities are all geared to help people learn about what SponsorChange.org can do to help you and your community.