Our vision is that by providing students with networking contacts, professional workplace demos, motivational speakers, and internship opportunities, young people will be inspired to navigate a recovering job market, be competitive in the global economy, and invest in themselves and their education. are critical pieces of this initiative.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), only 66.2% of 2012 high school graduates enrolled into colleges or universities. Tuition costs have doubled since year 2000 and federal loans rates for undergraduates have doubled in 2013 from 3.4% to 6.8%. Moreover, a College Board study in January 2012 revealed a startling 41% of high school students (nationwide) undermatch in their post-secondary choice. Based on research from the Economic Policy Institute, the young college graduate (21-24) underemployment rate as of Q1 2013 is 18.3%, and their real average hourly wage rate (inflation adjusted) has dropped 8.5% since 2000. Furthermore, based on U.S. BLS figures, as of July 2013, youth unemployment rates (16-24) for blacks and Hispanics are 28.2% and 18.1% respectively.
In order to promote positive social change, we aim to encourage high school students to enroll in college through our 16-week holistic program, which provides college admissions/ financial aid assistance, career-oriented guidance and mentorship programs, and college opportunities for underserved and underprivileged students in urban areas.