High school intern Destinie Hawkins has always been ready to take on challenges! She is a senior at Westside High School and is ready to begin her journey as a college student.
The pandemic has underscored the social inequalities we continue to face as a nation, as lower-income populations are disproportionately affected.
With 15 million children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold, poverty is a prevalent problem across the United States. Limited or no access to resources that create opportunities to advance continues the vicious cycle.
While ending poverty seems like an impossible promise, today’s youth are taking the steps to do so. Young people who successfully navigate college and career can and are ending generational poverty for their families. The difference is this: when provided an opportunity to supplement their high school curriculum with learning future-proof skills and exposed to real-world work experience, youth have the power to change their future trajectory.