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Blogs by Forum staff and by leaders around the country about getting young people ready for college, work and life.

Resilience is not Enough: Equity Matters in Higher Education

Jo Ann Paanio
Friday, September 8, 2017

Roll call, check. Additional enrollments, check. Syllabus review, check. Course and textbook requirements, check. The first day of the semester would then typically begin with a simple quiz consisting of 10 true or false statements: "All men are created equal." "Everyone has a voice." "Stereotypes do not matter." The list goes on. This “pop quiz” was my way of getting students in my political science class to share their reactions to these accepted truths.

Are High Schools Doing All they Can to Prepare Young People for College?

Hayley Frazier, Communications Specialist, The Forum for Youth Investment
Friday, August 11, 2017

Getting into college is a goal for most young people. Recently, Frank W. Ballou High School, a public school in a low-income community in Washington, D.C. made national headlines due to its 2017 graduating class accomplishing a 100% college acceptance rate. This news shocked many, given reports concerning staff turnover and low test scores in the months prior.