On April 30, The College Board announced an incredibly exciting new partnership with We Day, an initiative of international charity Free The Children that educates, engages, and empowers youth to become agents of change. During a live event in Illinois with over 15,000 students from 601 Chicago area schools in attendance, both organizations committed to a collaboration that will create the AP with We365 Service Program.
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During a ceremony held on Friday, May 1 at Antilles High School on Fort Buchanan in San Juan, P.R., the United States Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools’ (DDESS) New York/Virginia/Puerto Rico District was named a College Board Advanced Placement® District of the Year.
Every year by May 1, thousands of high school seniors make a decision that will affect the rest of their lives: where they will go to college. “Decision Day” as it is often referred to, is an important day not only for the thousands of students deciding where to attend college, but also for our K-12 members who have supported these students on their way to college and our higher education members who get to welcome these students to their institutions.
Tomeka Hart, a member of the inaugural cohort of the College Board’s Professional Fellowship Program, has been an active member of the education community in her hometown of Memphis for over eight years. From working with Teach for America as a vice president of African American community partnerships to serving as the commissioner of the Memphis City/Shelby County Schools Board of Education, Ms. Hart has been a strong advocate for expanding educational opportunities for all students.
Growing up in the West Indies, Jermaine Wright was unaware of the ways race can hamper social mobility.
“In Jamaica, race as a social construct had no bearing as we were all Jamaicans,” Wright explained. “Class, on the other hand, determined how one would be treated and the opportunities you were afforded. In the Jamaican system of inequality, an increase in income signaled a change in status.” But once his family moved to the United States, Wright began to understand just how significant an impediment race can be to improving one’s life.
On a daily basis, Paul Perry is reminded that his life could have turned out very differently.
“Before I was born, my mom was addicted to drugs and ended up in prison, so she was actually pregnant with me while she was in prison,” he said. “Lucky for me she got out and I was born healthy, but that sort of double consciousness — that sense of what my life could have been — stays with me every single morning I put my feet on the side of the bed.”
Pamela Agoyo, Director and Special Assistant on Indian Affairs for President at the University of New Mexico and College Board Trustee penned a letter for the Navajo Times titled "Help students step confidently into the future." She recognizes the progress that has been made in advancing opportunities for American Indian students, but reiterates that there is still a long way to go. Read the full letter.