Educational Equity & Access

Educational Equality and Access

 

Through advocacy, mentorship, and more, many YP4 Fellows work to create equitable access to educational opportunities and resources for current and aspiring students at all levels of the education system.  In this process, Fellows take into account the different identities of students and the unique barriers they face. They also work to increase the inclusion and participation of a variety of racial, cultural, religious, and social groups in their campus communities’ student bodies, faculty, administration, and course offerings.

An example of equity and access work can be seen in 2010 Fellow Rachel Ramirez’s Blueprint, through which she developed and coordinated the GED tutoring program for Pomona College service workers, where students worked with university employees to help them pass their GED exams.

Many thanks to Maxwell Love ’11 and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo of a student-participant in 2013 Fellow Bianca Rodriguez’s Blueprint and school-based non-profit Art Critically program.

BLUEPRINTS

Worker Equity at Pomona

Rachel’s Blueprint addressed inequalities along lines of race, class, and gender created by the U.S. educational system, immigration procedures, and
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WomanHOOD

YP4 Fellow Amanda Matos envisioned the Bronx as a community known for its empowered youth, who rightfully demand respect and
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White Plain Youth Project

Lawrence developed a unique educational initiative specifically designed for nearly thirty at-risk urban youth in White Plains, NY. The approach
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Uganda to Chicago

Morgan Smith established a program that helped forge personal relationships between youth in Uganda and Chicago thanks to a communications-exchange
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Ubuntu Academy

Silicon Valley is home to the wealthiest zip codes on the planet. However, in the midst of ubiquitous innovation, poverty
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The Giving Garden

In keeping with her long term strategy towards integrating her hometown and university, Erica was inspired to take action to
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Student Voice Live

Nikila’s Blueprint, Student Voice Live, provides students with the tools to exercise their voices, positioning them to be the champions
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Progressive Newsletter

Lauren launched a widely distributed progressive newsletter that highlighted issues affecting Chicago communities outside of the cloistered, upper-class community of
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Nutritional Justice

Shinei’s Blueprint addressed the issue of unequal access to healthy food and wholesome living for people living in poverty, which
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My Brother’s Keeper

As the 2012 Director of Curriculum, coordinator and mentor for My Brother’s Keeper, a mentoring program for traditionally marginalized youth,
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Midwest Conference

As an advocate of student voice in university decision making processes, Phy built a campus coalition of sustainability organizations to
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Literafeelya Magazine

Kym Keeton developed Literafeelya Magazine, which provided a space for the opinions and concerns of artists, writers, poets, activists, students,
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Leadership Education

Through his Blueprint, Eduardo created a non-profit organization that provided leadership education within his community with a curriculum targeted towards
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Justice for LGBT Students

Steven’s Blueprint addressed school safety with specific regard to LGBT high school students. Because conservatism and closed-mindedness contributed to the
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Justice for Juveniles

Thomas worked to reduce recidivism rates and bolster self-esteem among juveniles in detention in NYC by eradicating illiteracy among them
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HERstory

Lenas Blueprint project is to ensure a safe space in the south side of Oklahoma City for young women of
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Health for DC Teens

Through his Blueprint, Dominique empowered African American teens through programs that exposed them to a better life and career opportunities
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EXCO Twin Cities

Jason worked to transform how our society views education by challenging the dichotomous relationship of student and teacher through the
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Diversity in Waco

Funmi worked to make Baylor University a more socially-integrated campus and inspire students of the Waco Independent School District to
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DESTINY

Prestons Blueprint, the DESTINY Project was established in response to the lack of collaboration toward empowering youth between public, private,
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DC Consortium

The Fellows at American University created the DC Consortium. Similar to a think tank in structure, DC Consortium allowed both
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Cynergy

The Center for Civic Engagement and Young People For, a project of the People For the American Way Foundation, have
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Creating Survivors

Through Jairuss blueprint, he founded a non-profit organization, Creating Survivors, which works to increase access to licensed psychotherapists in order
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Computers for Quito

Marlene worked to enhance the quality and sustainability of a computer lab in Quito, Edcuador to increase the computer technical
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College Access Program

Kahlils Blueprint involves working to instill the importance of education and community engagement in one hundred high school students of
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Chess Mates

Chess Mates granted children access to the game of Chess in their local libraries throughout the summer. Because Chess is
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Atlanta Word Works

Natalie Cook is the executive director of Atlanta Word Works, a non-profit organization that supports, guides and provides a safe
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Art Critically

Through her Blueprint, Bianca created Art Critically (AC), a non-profit after school program run by college students that encourages young
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