Where would you be without your education?
Where would I be without my education? That's a question I've pondered lately.
Without education I would be in a far different place -- I imagine long hours for low wages. Maybe scrambling to pay for food and everyday bills, dreaming about saving a little money each month.
But I'm lucky: I went to college. I have choices because I had access to education, and the ability to pay for it.
Education is opportunity.
Not everyone can say the same. For Native students, getting an education means overcoming many barriers.
The American Indian College Fund's mission is to increase the amount of Native Americans that hold a college degree.
- 14% of American Indians have a college degree, less than half the national average.
- 41% of College Fund scholars are first-generation college students,
- 44% of College Fund scholars are pursuing degrees in education, healthcare, or STEM.
- 81% of Tribal college students are experiencing food and/or housing insecurity. These insecurities have only been amplified by the disparate impact of Covid-19 on Tribal Nations.
Education is the answer.
Education changes lives, communities, and Nations.
With 42% of Native Americans 24 years old or younger, we have the opportunity to make an imact that will last for generations.
Right now is the best possible moment to create real change. In this moment, I am raising 10K by New Year's Day.
Do this with me: Give today.
Please, join me in this campaign. We can choose to keep Native students in school, to stop food and housing insecurity, and support their choice to change the future.
Donate what you can, and share where you can, with whom you can. #10KbyNewYearsDay #StandWithNativeStudents