JJMS starts KEEP club! Posted November 17, 2017 by Elena


Tremendous news! A group of John Jay Middle School students have formed a new club, Students Supporting KEEP, under the guidance of faculty advisor Laura Atwell.

After learning about the many benefits of educating girls around the world, these students modeled their idea for a club on the Students for KEEP club at John Jay High School. Now both middle and high schoolers are raising their classmates’ awareness of the need to educate at-risk girls, one of the most important issues facing our world today.

“Did you know that one of the best ways to fight climate change is to keep girls in school?” asks Students Supporting KEEP on the flyer announcing their first meeting. Surprised? According to research cited in Drawdown, a new book edited by green entrepreneur Paul Hawken, the education of girls ranks #6 on the list of the top 80 solutions for reducing greenhouse gases.

Educated girls:

  • Curb population growth by having fewer babies
  • Earn higher wages and realize greater upward mobility
  • Have lower rates of maternal mortality
  • Have healthier babies
  • Are less likely to marry as children or against their will
  • Have lower incidence of HIV/AIDS and malaria
  • Have more productive agricultural plots and better nourished families

What better reasons do we have to support our girls at the Kakenya Center for Excellence? Let’s follow the lead of our JJMS and JJHS students! Make your donation today.