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Your Call: What's really needed to support young people from poor and low-income families?



On the August 20th edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with students who are defying the odds by graduating from college. Only 30 percent of low-income students enroll in college right after high school, and just nine percent earn a bachelor’s degree by age 25. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently committed $120 million to classroom technology in Bay Area schools, but what students say they really need are mentors. Where are first generation college-students getting the academic, personal, and financial advice they need? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.


Barb Hendricks, director of student programs at Students Rising Above

Julianna Ponce, a sophomore at Sonoma State University and part of the Students Rising Above program

Austin Perez, a junior at the University of Santa Cruz and Meritus Scholar

Web Resources:

Students Rising Above

Meritus College Fund

Year Up

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EdWeek: Amid Bumps, New School Funding System Rolls Out in California

NPR: Colleges Guide Low-Income Students From Getting In To Graduating


Forbes: Getting More Low-Income Students Into College Isn't About Money, It's About The Curriculum

MotherJones: Whatever Happened to the $100 Million Mark Zuckerberg Gave to Newark Schools?

Mercury News: State wins grant for low-income students

Huffington Post: Diverse Conversations: Supporting Underserved Populations in Higher Education