Student Voices

"They [my parents] just make me choose – do you want to be flipping burgers or someone that sits in an office?"
– high school student

"I recently got laid off from my job and they told me [it was] because I was in school. They said they needed someone there forty hours a week."
– college student

"They [parents, teachers, counselors] say not to give up, not to quit. That we think it’s hard but at the end it pays off. They say education is the key to success."
– high school student

"I am college material."
– middle school student who had been once
considered at-risk of dropping out

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