Chelesa Fearce and her family were homeless, living in shelters and out of cars on the streets of Atlanta. Despite this, Fearce graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in May. Her sister, Chelsea, graduated as salutatorian of her high school class at a different Atlanta area high school.
Fearce’s perseverance and dedication inspired Crowd It Forward, a non-profit crowdfunding website, to create a Random Acts of Crowdfunding project to recognize these extraordinary young women and to raise funds to help them continue their educational journeys in college.
“When I think of the obstacles these two incredible women had to overcome to graduate at the top of their high school classes, it humbles me,” says Crowd It Forward founder and crowdfunding expert Kendall Almerico. “These young ladies often had to study by the light of a cell phone while sleeping on the floor at a homeless shelter. It really makes you realize how exceptional people can overcome insurmountable odds.”
Almerico founded Crowd It Forward to crowdfund for inspiring people like the Fearce sisters. “By receiving many small donations from a large number of people, we can help Chelesa and Chelsea continue their education and help them inspire others to work hard to overcome adversity and succeed,” Almerico says.
As Almerico says, “No donation is too large or too small. Think of the good these girls can do for our society and help us to help them inspire others.”