Each year, 400,000 low-income students graduate from our nation’s high schools with GPA’s, test scores, and extra-curriculars that qualify them for admission to college, yet they fail to enroll.
With limited support at home, impossible counselor-to-student ratios in school, and rigorous application processes, these students fall outside the collegiate culture, without access to the guidance and support necessary to navigate the transition to college successfully.
The result is an intergenerational cycle of poverty that amounts to a total annual, U.S. economic shortfall of $400-670 billion dollars. Those who do not escape the cycle run greater risks of future unemployment, substance abuse, life-threatening illness, obesity, unplanned pregnancy and incarceration.
The cultural and financial health of our nation depends on the empowerment of this talented youth population through higher education. We must change our course today to achieve a brighter tomorrow. Come Strive with us.