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The Uplift Education 360 Purpose, Passion and Plan Take Center Stage During Career Week

Uplift is hosting its second annual career week from January 24-28, 2022. This event, coordinated by the Uplift Career Services Team, will allow high school students to listen to speakers and presentations and learn about various career options. The event will also feature workshops and activities to help students discover their passions and interests. 

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Uplift Education was built on a promise that 100% of our graduates get accepted to college. Beyond that, Uplift is committed to doing whatever it takes to help alumni matriculate, persist, and graduate from college, if that is the path they choose. This has been Uplift’s promise from the start. Uplift Education has always wanted students to have the freedom, choices, and security, that a college degree can uniquely provide. Exposing students to a wide variety of career options in high school is a key factor in Uplift’s Road To College & Career program.

During this time, students will have the opportunity to explore career trends and pathways to help them make informed career and educational connections. The goal is to create meaningful opportunities for students to explore career options and understand how to achieve their long-term personal goals. Uplift helps them discover their strengths and passions and how those might translate into a college major and future career.

Young people can be very ambitious and motivated and are capable of great achievements very early on. Sometimes for many students, o assurances are not enough. They want to know the connection between their academic work and their potential lifelong career work. It is their human instinct to pursue achievement in this way that has them wondering, "What exactly IS a promising, fulfilling future? What is it that grownups do all day in their various professions, and which road was made for me? Where will I make my mark? How will school help me, and why should I commit to it to achieve my lifelong goals?" These questions connect our students' experiences in school to their future, which enhances academic motivation and provides meaning to and purpose for the work they are doing now.

Increasing college opportunity is not just an economic imperative but a reflection of our values. We need to reach, inspire, and empower every student, regardless of skin color or socio-economic situation, to ensure that opportunities to excel and advance exist for individuals of all backgrounds.

Because of this work, Uplift students, 88% of whom are African American or Latino, are already earning college degrees at a rate of 4X the national average for their peers. 78% of our students are the first in their families to attend college, so earning a bachelor's degree means blazing a trail and affecting generational change for their families. These are remarkable accomplishments! We know that a child's circumstance does not have to determine their destiny. With the right resources and support, Uplift students can and do finish college, earning themselves access to greater career choices and opportunities.

If we want more of our students to stay committed to pursuing a promising future, we need to give them the tools them experience tomorrow today.

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Friday, January 21, 2022