The goal of EDGEucation is to increase the graduation rate among underrepresented groups in California by leading and creating inspirational programs and connecting positive role models from within the community with students.
Our vision is to level the playing field and aid underrepresented groups attain better opportunities after graduation by leading, inspiring, and working with prospective role models from within the community, to push education to the edge, and make education attainable for everyone.
To date, more than 87% of Latinas/os do not a bachelor’s degree, and their college drop-out rate is 2.5 times higher than that of African Americans and 3.5 times higher than that of white Anglo Americans (Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, 2007). At the current rate, The Alliance for Excellent Education had estimated that more than 12 million students will drop out over the next decade, costing the U.S. economy three trillion dollars.
Although there are numerous mentoring organizations in the Bay Area that aim to decrease the achievement gap, their focus is mainly on students with a high GPA, specific majors such as engineering and math, being the first in their families to attend college, specific gender or ethnic background or just life coaching. However, no program was has been founded to involve underrepresented groups regardless of GPA, major, or gender.
Mentoring has been proven to be highly effective in connecting students with leaders in the community, particularly in conquering the academic and social disengagement from school that leads to dropping out. By carefully building a program that centers on inspiring and leading youth, through pairing youth with leaders from their communities and educating students of the numerous educational options they have after high school, we can continue fighting the achievement gap among students who really need it.
If you are interested in knowing more about the foundation and supporting the various programs, we invite you to contact us.