SIMRAN GUPTA 4th year Biology Major Spanish Minor How did I get involved with IMPACT? I went to the IMPACT open house my freshman year because it seemed like something I would be interested in, and I was looking for ways to get involved around campus while fulfilling my desire to help others. After my first trip freshman year to Baltimore for Veteran’s Advocacy and Awareness, I completely fell in love with IMPACT as an organization, and I knew that I wanted to stay involved with IMPACT throughout my time at UGA; I fell in love with the sense of community that IMPACT provides to all of its participants, and I love IMPACT’s ability to bring together a group of strangers through their love of service. I decided I wanted to be a participant one more time before I applied to be a site leader; my second IMPACT trip was to Indianapolis for Community Health and Wellbeing. I led my first IMPACT trip last year to Orlando focused on Youth Empowerment, and I couldn’t be more excited to lead another trip, and I hope I can make my participants’ IMPACT experience as amazing as mine have been!
Why Education Access and Advocacy? Education is essentially the foundation of any community, and without an adequate education, an individual doesn’t get the opportunity to understand the world around them in order to better it. Education gives us the chance to build our own opinions and have points of view on life, and without, it becomes harder to contribute to society as an active member. I feel like I have been extremely lucky education-wise in my life as I have gotten the opportunity to attend some great schools as well as the opportunity to pursue higher education in a field that I am passionate about, and I can’t imagine how my life would have turned out had I not had the education that I did, so through this trip, I’m hoping to learn more about the education inequality that exists in society while learning how to eliminate it in order to ensure everyone has access to the decent education that they deserve.
Fun Fact! I’ve done taekwondo for over 15 years, and I have a 3rd degree black belt!
CAMERON HOLSOMBACK 4th year Biochemical Engineering Major Why am I involved with IMPACT? IMPACT offers a unique opportunity for service learning. By giving seven days of service, we receive so much more in return. My first year I went to Virginia with a Rural Poverty focus. By serving the community with my team, I was able to not only learn about life but also myself. This growth inspired me to participate in another impact trip, this time to Indianapolis for Community Health. Although the two focuses were different, the amount of growth remained the same. IMPACT gives us the tools to become a more active citizen in our own community. Why Education Access and Advocacy? Education is the backbone of any society. In my life, I have been greatly impacted by my teachers, and they have shaped me into the person that I am today. It was not until I got older that I realized that proper education is not available to everyone due to many socioeconomic factors. I chose the education advocacy trip so that I could better learn the issues that are prevalent in education and how I can become a more active citizen in fighting for equal education in Athens. Fun Fact! I lived in Argentina for two-years after my freshman year of college! I was serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education: the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in school
Access: freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something
Advocacy: the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal
Equality: the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities
Equity: the quality of being fair and impartial
Public School: a free tax-free school controlled by a local governmental authority
Quality Education: an education that provides all learners with capabilities they require to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peaceful and democratic societies, and enhance individual well-being
Private School: a school that is established, conducted, and primarily supported by a nongovernmental agency
Charter School: a tax-supported school established by a charter between a granting body (such as a school board) and an outside group (as of teachers and parents), which operates the school without most local and state educational regulations so as to achieve set goals
Special Education: classes or instruction designed for students with special educational needs
First Generation College Student: a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor’s degree
Common Core: (in the US) a set of education standards for teaching and testing English and mathematics between kindergarten and 12th grad
Higher Education: education beyond high school, especially at a college or university
College Readiness: a list of knowledge, skills, and attributes a student should possess to be ready to succeed in entry-level college course
Facts About Education Inequality:
In 2014, the high school graduation rate for white students was 87%; for black students, the rate was 73%.
Research shows that compared with white students, black students are more likely to be suspended or expelled, less likely to be placed in gifted programs and subject to lower expectations from their teachers.
By 2025, students of color are expected to a majority of high school graduates.
Latino enrollment in public schools increased by 47% from 2001 to 2011.
Total US white public school enrollment decreased by 12% between 2001 and 2011.
Nationwide, districts with the most students of color receive 15% less per student in state and local funding than the whitest districts.
Schools with high levels of black or Latino enrollment have nearly 2x as many first year teachers as school with low black or Latino enrollment.
Fewer than 3 in 10 students in gifted and talented programs are black or Latino.
High school dropout rates are the least among whites and highest among Hispanics, while college enrollment rates are least among blacks and highest among whites.
In the United States, 21% of all children are in poverty.
The national public school graduation rate for black males in 2012-2013 was 59%; it was 80% for white males.
During the 2011-2012 school year, black students were more than 3x more likely to attend schools where fewer than 60% of teachers met all state certification and license requirements.
Education Inequality Right Here in Athens It's no secret that Athens-Clarke County is one of the poorest counties in Georgia; it also ranks as one of the most unequal towns in the country based on income. Over 80% of the kids in public schools in Athens are on free or reduced lunch (the national rate is just about 51%). Hungry students tend to focus on their hunger rather than their education. Georgia has the 3rd largest rural school population in the nation. Clarke County School District (CCSD) students are 55% black; 20% Hispanic; 19% white; and 6% Asian or multiracial. The racial/ethnic disparities between the school district population and the county population can be attributed to the student population at UGA, and the disparities between a predominantly white university environment and a majority black local school system are reflected in high dropout rates, poor health outcomes, high teen birth rates and student achievement gaps. The CCSD high school graduation rate has improved from 50.5% in 2002 to 63.3% in 2009. However, the 2009 high school graduation rate for Clarke County is the third-worst in Georgia, which has one of the nation's lowest graduation rates.