Local News Channel Spotlights Chargebacks911’s Involvement in Paid for Grades
In a new feature for WTSP, reporter Shannon Clowe spotlights the completion of the recent semester year with Paid for Grades, a not-for-profit organization funded with an endowment from Chargebacks911.
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Paid for Grades is a not-for-profit effort founded by Chargebacks911 COO Monica Eaton-Cardone in 2013. The program offers cash incentives to students as a reward for improving their academic performance.
“[Monica] was noticing that there was a lack of confidence among students,” says Chargebacks911 Training Content Development Specialist Jaclyn Lannon. “What she wanted to do was pair with local schools to help incentivize the kids to push themselves to improve their grades and, therefore, gain a sense of confidence in their own abilities.”
We’re pleased to say that, as noted in the piece, 88 at-risk students from Boca Ciega High School, Hollins High School, and Lakewood High School successfully complete the program this semester. And, although this marks our eighth year of the program, it’s always inspiring to hear stories from students who've been helped. As one student reported, he began the school year with a 0.8 GPA and ended the year with a 3.5 GPA. Thanks to Paid for Grades, that same student now plans to attend college and is thinking about his future.