We believe that every student, no matter their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, deserves the right to a quality education. We, as people, need to exercise our civic duty by giving back to our community and creating a positive feedback loop. In this, College Pathway aims to inspire others to be the change.
Ila Prabhuram founded College Pathway when she was thirteen years old. Her interest in education started from an early age, where she realized how important receiving an education was. When she found out that household income prevented some students from receiving a quality education, she realized that she needed to do something about it, and thus, College Pathway was born.
College Pathway is dedicated to spreading awareness and campaigning about the inequality in education that many students face. We provide resources to title one elementary school and low-income students to enhance the quality of their education. We design curriculum that is distributed to low-income schools across the world, and we also work with many people to speak on many different platforms about this issue that's prevalent nationwide.
"Equality in Education"
Our mission statement exemplifies what we stand for and what we advocate for- equality in education. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to access an equal education- without any restrictions preventing them from achieving their goals.
1 in four children in America grow up without learning how to properly read.
An estimated 1.1 million students out of the 2012 graduating class of the United States did not earn a high school diploma.
Poor health not only results from lower educational attainment, but it can also cause educational setbacks and interfere with schooling.
A country's economy becomes more productive as the proportion of educated workers increases since educated workers can more efficiently carry out tasks that require literacy and critical thinking.
More than 8,000 high school students in the United States drop out of high school everyday.
Only 9% of the students from low-income families go on to earn a bachelors degree in the future.
Children in low-income households do less well than their better-off peers on many outcomes in life, such as education or health, simply because they are poorer. Increases in family income substantially reduce differences in schooling outcomes and improve wider aspects of a child's well-being.
Lowest income students' learning level is up to four years behind the highest income students. LAGGING BEHIND Standardized tests in recent decades indicate that the academic achievement of the poorest U.S. students is several years behind that of their wealthier peers.
This bring us to the issue of education inequity: Children from low socioeconomic backgrounds have less access to quality learning materials and resources such as books and tutors needed for a positive literacy environment, and consequently enter high school with average literacy skills five years behind children coming from high socioeconomic backgrounds. Lack of resources and misinformation put children from low socioeconomic backgrounds at a great disadvantage. According to the Funding Gaps report of 2018 by the Education Trust, students studying in the highest poverty districts receive 1000 USD less per child than students studying in the lowest poverty districts. In several countries, schools ask for a “student fee” and payment for pursuing certain activities and classes. Along with that, expenditure on mandatory school uniforms, stationery items, etc, put the already disadvantaged students even more behind than their wealthier counterparts.
Today, education remains an inaccessible right for millions of children around the world. More than 72 million children of primary education age are not in school and 759 million adults are illiterate and do not have the awareness necessary to improve both their living conditions and those of their children. In many countries throughout Africa, “informal fees” and payment for “compulsory items” exists and often, in countries having mainly private schools, families have to choose between their daily bread and their child’s education. Various researches conducted all over the world such as research in Lagelu local government in Nigeria or research by the International Journal of Indian Psychology all point to the same conclusion- socioeconomic status is a significant factor in the academic achievement of students.
Education gives you an opportunity to build a foundation in which you can accomplish greatness. When you are educated you become confident enough in your skills and offerings and you can build up your career through that confidence. According to the U.S. Census, 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, income is correlated to educational attainment. For example, in Virginia, a high school graduate earns an estimated amount of 30,460 dollars while the estimated income of a person holding a professional degree is 3 times more at 103,027 dollars. Basically, the higher your educational attainment, the higher is your income. It can be generally argued that, in today’s competitive world, education is imperative to success.
According to Education Week, high school dropouts interviewed for a study released were far more likely to say they left school because they were unmotivated, not challenged enough, or overwhelmed by troubles outside of school than because they were failing academically.
If a student is living in a disadvantaged community that lacks resources, they tend to be more likely to drop out of high school.
Many teenagers drop out of high school simply because their families cannot afford to allow them to continue going to school. Approximately 30% of high school dropouts aged 16-18 work jobs, according to the Urban Institute. These families depend on their children’s income to keep them above the federal poverty line. In fact, according to the organization Do Something, high schoolers from low income families are 2.4 times more likely to drop out from high school. These high schoolers must choose between supporting their families or receiving education.
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College Pathway is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Woodstock, Georgia that is filed with the International Revenue Service (EIN Number is 84-3262670). All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations. We rely on corporate sponsors and individual donors to fund our programs and our team is entirely volunteer-based.