Give Something Back

Changing lives, families, and communities —
one student at a time.

Give Something Back (Give Back) provides academic assistance, long-term coaching, and support services to students who have experienced barriers to success.

Helping Students Who Need it Most

There are more than 400,000 kids in foster care in the US, and 2.7 million children with a parent who is incarcerated. These youth must overcome severely diminished odds of educational success. Give Back provides special outreach to young people who have faced significant financial hardship and other adversities such as foster care, homelessness, or the incarceration of a parent.

Each year, 23,000 kids age out of the Foster Care system.

33 percent of youth who age out of foster care will not finish high school.
A whopping 97 percent of foster youth who age out will not graduate college.
And 23 percent of foster youth who age out of care will experience homelessness.

They need help finding a successful path to adulthood.

A Model for Success. A Promise for Tomorrow.

Give Back Scholars participate in programming and receive coaching throughout high school to prepare them for an education and a career. We help students explore different career opportunities and get hands-on experience while in high school. Our Scholars build a career-based educational plan and we help them get the post-secondary education they will need to be successful in that career.

Our curriculum focuses on life skills to help make the transition to independent living.


Coaches work to help students make a plan and to stay on track.


Students learn about dozens of different careers and explore those that interest them.


We help place students in education programs and work experiences to help them learn what it takes to be successful in a career.

New Book Release:

Give Back Founder Robert Carr’s new book, First Chance, is available now.

first chance book by Robert Carr

First Chance

How Kids With Nothing Can Change Everything

By Robert Owen Carr with Dirk Johnson

Children who experience hardships such as foster care, homelessness, or the incarceration of a parent must overcome countless obstacles on their path to educational success. First Chance explores the remarkable students who, despite considerable adversity, triumph over the odds when given a chance.

Net proceeds will be donated to Give Back.

Mallouk Scholarship Program

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of Peter and Veronica Mallouk, we are proud to announce our first publicly-funded state, Kansas. To learn more regarding the devoted work of the Mallouks and their support of Give Back’s mission, visit their page here.

Our Partners

Thank you to our valued partners who welcome and support the Give Back Scholars.

Shop to Give Back

There are many ways to support Give Back simply by shopping online as you normally would. As an official AmazonSmile charity, Give Back will receive a percentage of purchases on Many other popular retailers are featured on the Give Back Marketplace. Up to 11% of your purchases from those retailers will be donated to Give Back when you shop through the Marketplace link.