The path to success is something that is grown, nurtured, and groomed within a young person’s family. Those that are fortunate enough to grow in an environment that promotes education and opportunity are generally the most successful, but what if being raised outside of such environment doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all for someone’s life? What if those among us who aren’t born this fortunate were afforded this same opportunity of success? We believe that this is possible through the recreation of this environment and its introduction at any stage of life. This is the reason for the creation of Project Astra— after the famous Ancient Roman saying, Per aspera ad astra— “ through adversity to the stars.”JOIN OUR CAUSE
To redirect 15% of the $492 Billion we already spend on infrastructure every year to the approximately 15% of Americans currently living in poverty.MAKE A DONATION
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Know the pillars of our plan
To transform our poorest communities, we must rebuild and improve their infrastructure. This in turn will create career and life changing opportunities for those who live in these communities.
Rebuilding infrastructure is just the start. We must also focus on creating long-term economic viability. This can be achieved by offering businesses incentives to operate in these cities and by providing local residents with opportunities for affordable housing or a pathway to home-ownership.
A self-sustaining community is one that affords its members the opportunity to build enough margin to allow for discretionary income. Tax incentives will turn borrowers into savers and investors, while allowing businesses to create jobs and further contribute to the local economy.
To truly understand the value of any effort, it needs to be measured. An overarching vision for Project Astra that spans all three pillars is measuring the economic impact of these initiatives. Since Project Astra is a program that looks beyond just the short term and focuses more on continued economic success, measures need to be set in place to gauge all economic output – from the number of jobs created to the number of new businesses that open in these communities.
JOIN OUR CAUSE – HOW YOU’D MAKE AN IMPACT:
Foster Care Children Who “Age Out” of the System Each Year and Become Homeless
Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Who Live in Poverty Each Year
Military Veterans Who Are Homeless on Any Given Night
Families with Children Living in the Streets on Any Given Night