Why Not Us: First-Generation College Students' Documentary Screened to Over 900 Students in New Orleans
Why Not Us: First-Generation College Students' Documentary Screened to Over 900 Students in New OrleansJose Rios, Director of Multicultural Communications at the College Board
“Why Not Us?”, a documentary produced by Roadtrip Nation in partnership with the College Board that chronicles the lives of four first-generation college students, was screened this past Monday to a special audience of over 900 students at Edna Karr High School in New Orleans. The documentary follows the students on a five-week long national journey during which they have the opportunity to visit with successful professionals from different sectors who were first-generation college students themselves.
Edna Karr was selected to host the pre-screening of “Why Not Us?” because of their commitment to prioritizing academic success and their work to break down the barriers faced by many of their students. In 2013, Edna Karr was one of only three high schools to receive the College Board’s Inspiration Award.
After the screening, College Board’s Vice President of Access to Opportunity Steve Colón and Roadtrip Nation’s Jason Manion participated in a panel discussion with the “roadtrippers” and answered questions from Edna Karr’s students. The bright green 40-foot Roadtrip Nation RV was parked outside of the school and several students had the opportunity to go inside the RV that housed the students during their roadtrip.
The documentary will premier on PBS on April 29, 2015. After the premier, the film will be be available for viewing through the College Board’s website and Roadtrip Nation’s online video library.
Roadtrip Nation and the College Board aim to empower and inspire first-generation students to attend and complete college, and pursue a career reflective of their interests by connecting them with first-generation leaders who were able to overcome obstacles and achieve success.