Amy's Horizons Giving Day Campaign

A fundraising campaign for Horizons National

Inspire. Build. Transform.

Dear Friends, 

My summers at Horizons, when I was a newly-arrived immigrant struggling to make my way through middle and upper school, transformed my life. At Horizons, I received the academic support which was critical in enabling me to catch up - and keep up - with my classmates at school. Horizons also gave me confidence - to dive (literally) into the deep end of the pool. Horizons, and its sponsoring school (New Canaan Country School), set me on a trajectory which led to all that followed for me including serving on the Board of Horizons National. I support Horizons because I know every day what a difference it makes in young peoples' lives - please join me in giving to this most worthy cause.  

My heartfelt thanks, 

Amy Chan Downer (Horizons Summer Enrichment Program 1970, 1971, 1972) 

Last year, Horizons Giving Day raised over $1 million, which went directly to providing learning programs for students at our sites across the country. And it’s the generosity of supporters like you that makes this possible. Thank you for joining me in transforming the lives of even more low-income children.

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About the Organization


HORIZONS NATIONAL is a non-profit that believes all children should have the opportunity to realize their potential.

But today, students from low-income households are six times more likely to drop out of high school and fewer than one third will enroll in college; without educational opportunity, there is no economic mobility.

For students from low-income families, HORIZONS provides proven, high-quality academic and enrichment programs, from pre-K through high school.

By connecting with a long-term, stable community of teachers and peers, HORIZONS students improve their reading and math skills, learn to swim, gain confidence, and 97% graduate from high school on time.

Each new HORIZONS program we open, dedicated to closing gaps in achievement and opportunity, creates a better future for the students, families, and communities we serve.