A Call to Action: The Fight to Build Equity and Remove Barriers in Postsecondary Education Continues

A Call to Action: The Fight to Build Equity and Remove Barriers in Postsecondary Education Continues

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The Fight to Build Equity and Remove Barriers in Postsecondary Education Continues

As we continue to reflect on the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action and student debt forgiveness decisions over the past week, our minds keep coming back to these facts: Nationally, and in Montgomery County, Black and Brown students, especially first-generation-to-college students, and students from low-income and immigrant households, are not only enrolled in and completing higher education at far lower rates than their White peers, but they are also likely to graduate with more student debt. 

Let me be clear: The Court’s recent rulings will only make it harder for those who need college the most to access and afford it. 

CollegeTracks is a proven solution for combatting the old and new barriers to equity in education. We serve over 2,000 students each year, the vast majority of whom are from the communities most impacted by the Court’s decisions. Demand for our programs is higher than ever. During the 2022- 2023 school year, we saw a 22% increase in high school student enrollment in our program from the prior school year. We project even more growth next year. And we have proven our program works – 99% of our scholars are accepted into higher education, 95%+ of our scholars apply for federal financial aid, and our scholars are 2-3x more likely to graduate with a degree than their peers

We are grateful for our amazing community of donors, advocates, institutional partners, and volunteers. Thank you. We cannot do what we do without you. It is critical that we confront the historic and persistent inequities that have long affected vulnerable communities, and help the young people affected by these decisions thrive in the colleges and universities of their choice. 

Please join us in sending a message that the Court’s decisions will not impact Montgomery County’s commitment to educational equity. Our work will only succeed if everyone who cares about educational equity and the future of Montgomery County chooses to come together and take action. 

Yours in Service, 

Mecha Inman
CEO 

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