This piece was written by Executive Director Ellen Magnis for Huffington Post
My son, Nick, is a college freshman, and he is embracing this opportunity with gusto. He, like so many young adults, is thoughtful, open to ideas and cares deeply about making a difference in the world. The norm and expectation established early in his life was that college is the logical next step along the path to realize his hopes and dreams. As a family, we have supported him, sacrificed for him and encouraged him to reach this important stage.
Not all young adults, however, have the opportunity to access this path. In fact, they don’t even know where the path begins. The playing field is far from even, and like so much of the injustice and disparity we see today, socioeconomic status is a compelling indicator.