Equity programs vary in scope, but are designed to provide support to people in areas such as education, housing, food, etc. I joined a Gear Upprogram housed at Rowan University and a summer college readiness program at my local community college called Talent Search, which offered SAT/ACT preparation, tutoring, life skills workshops, and college courses.
I am the first person in my family, on both sides, to graduate with a college degree. I am the proud daughter of an immigrant who never finished grade school. My parents wanted the best for me, but lacked the knowledge or access to guide me through the college application process.
Time and time again, equity programs change students’ lives for the better. There are countless stories of students who were given an extra boost of resources to help them succeed. For much of my career, I worked with at-risk youth in inner cities and rural towns. I was often faced with very needy youth, and it was hard to know which problem to address first. However, sometimes a kid just needs a math tutor or a bus token to get to an internship. These things may seem small, but they can make the difference between success and failure. And that is why equity programs play such a crucial role in helping youth realize the possibility of success and achievement in their lives.
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