What is your why?
At College Bridge, our mission statement focuses what we do and how we do it. We help public school students enroll and succeed in college — and we constantly reflect on how to evolve that work and do it better and better.
But the summit session was a great reminder that our why is slightly more complicated than that, because our why is about the nuances of individual students’ lives.
Recently, the alumni blog of Education Pioneers interviewed Paris in a two-part series about her story and what inspires her work with College Bridge — a series which tells our why in a slightly different way.
As the series helps to explain, our why is about helping individual students transcend obstacles to their success. Our why is about serving students who have worked hard in high school, and need a hand with the next step. Our why is about supporting the broadest possible swath of students in our city. Our why is about the long arc of a student’s experience on their road from high school graduation to a post-secondary degree.
Educational equity is one of the central social justice issues of our time, and the path to earning a college degree is riddled with unnecessary barriers for our most vulnerable students.
And of course, this is anchored in something much bigger. Educational equity is one of the central social justice issues of our time, and the path to earning a college degree is riddled with barriers for our most vulnerable students. At the heart of it, that is our why.