Preserving and Strengthening Access

Today, however, the pathway faces challenges at both the point that students enter college and after they graduate. States have slashed support for their colleges and universities, forcing them to raise tuition to unaffordable levels. New graduates often have to take unpaid internships to gain entry to their chosen fields. That's a huge barrier for those who need to work to support themselves and pay off student loans.

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College Access Advocacy: the Bridge Builders Forum at John Jay College

Partners for Change Coordinator Sophie Gray attended the Bridge Builders Forum at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to support the Partners for Change fellows in their College Access and Success advocacy event. Listening to the panelists of one workshop, "Envisioning my future: Panel of Professionals," Sophie saw the theme of the benefits of volunteering emerging as the panelists spoke about their career trajectories. The day was also a testimony to the College Access Fellows' upbeat attitude and the possibility of concrete solutions to the problems and root causes of a lack of equitable college access for all.

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