By Teachers, For Teachers
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 52 percent of 2011 high school graduates from low-income families enroll in college immediately after high school. Only 20 percent of Native Americans who start college complete their first year. As you can see in these two statistics, graduating from college is not always an easy task. Luckily, there are some amazing organizations working with educators in the teaching profession that are dedicated to helping low-income students to pursue the education that they deserve. Here are three organizations that are working hard and passionately with educators in the teaching profession so that all students will not be overlooked and will have an equal education.
American Indian Education Fund: Working within the Teaching Profession
Partnership With Native Americans is a nonprofit organization that is committed to championing hope so that Native Americans living in remote, often impoverished reservations can have a brighter future. American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) is a program that provides literacy and school supplies, as well as scholarships, grants, and emergency funds to help increase opportunities for Native American students.
Each year, thousands of Native American students receive school supplies from AIEF, so that they are ready to learn when school begins. This wonderful program also offers tools of trade services for the students looking to pursue vocational or technical training. One of the most exciting services this organization provides is the goal of helping to improve literacy on reservations. Research shows that on average, American Indian students score lower on reading tests than that of non-native students. AIEF literacy service partners with community after school programs to help stock their libraries so that these students will not be at a disadvantage regarding their reading materials. The literacy service encourages children to read so they can not only improve their comprehension and vocabulary skills, but also find a love for reading.
The Education Trust
The Education Trust is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks educational justice for all students, especially those of color or whom are living in poverty. Their mission is equally-driven, data-centered, and student-focused. With these three promises, EdTrust works with educators, students, and policymakers to help transform the school system to ensure that all students will have a high-quality education.
Their mission is to close the gap in opportunity and achievement for all students at all levels, especially those from low-income families or who are non-Caucasian. This passionate organization is the voice for students whose needs are often overlooked. By analyzing local, state, and national data, and monitoring recent trends, EdTrust looks for problems and tries to find solutions for them. This organization works diligently to close the opportunity gap, and to help reshape educational policies. Their core belief is that in order to improve the lives of all young people, you must close the gap that separates low-income and students of color from that of other Americans.
This organization states its mission right in its name. Their singular mission is to make sure that all students graduate from college, period. In order to make this possible, One Goal works with students during their junior and senior years in high school, then transitions to one-on-one coaching through college. This teacher-led organization identifies low-income as well as underperforming students in high school, and aids them towards graduation and higher education. In order to make their mission successful, One Goal hires dedicated teachers to work with these students to increase college options and establish academic goals.
What started as an after-school program in Chicago has now grown to serve in more than six regions. The University of Chicago evaluated One Goal, and found that the organization increased college enrollment by 10 to 20 percentage points for students in their program. They are an organization that designs solutions that achieve big results. One Goal is committed to building an organization that embraces diversity and supports students to reach their full potential.
These three organizations are the best examples of how we can help improve the quality of life for our students, as well as bring about important changes to the community. These passionate organizations work hard because they all believe that a strong education improves the lives of all young people.
Do you know of any great organizations that work hard for their community and their students? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below, we would to hear about the great work in your community.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.