The Issue: Barriers to Success for First-Generation Students
Only 47% of students whose parents did not attend college enroll in postsecondary institutions the year after completing high school, compared to 85% of students whose parents had degrees, according to data from the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education. Of first-generation students who did attend college, only 26% earned a bachelor’s degree within eight years.
The Campaign: Funding Tutoring for College-Bound Girls
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then Pink Defying Gravity, Inc. can provide two afterschool tutors for one month of its Gen One! program. Each tutor works with 30 female high-school students who will be the first in their families to attend college. Each additional $300 raised will fund one month of tutoring for another 30 college-bound young women. The Gen One! program works with high-school girls who will be the first generation in their families to go to college, helping them to achieve academic success and connecting them with the resources they need to go to and succeed at a higher-level institution.
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Pink Defying Gravity, Inc.
While working as a secondary-school educator, Jarvis Daughrity saw that her students faced immense challenges on their paths to adulthood. She founded Pink Defying Gravity, Inc. to help young women in difficult situations to actuate their abilities and strengths through conferences and mentoring programs. Pink Defying Gravity’s programs include the Gen One! high-school mentoring program, young women’s leadership conferences, and Pink Girls Rock! pods, which help girls develop new philanthropic ideas.