What we are made of

Hey America, it's time to look closer and listen harder. Because there's a powerful story within each of us. We're a generation living in challenging times, but we're still thriving, overcoming the obstacles the world sometimes throws at us–Isolation. Anxiety. Poverty. Racism. We're more than what meets the eye, so take a minute to find out what we’re really made of—and join the community of support that's helping us succeed.

We’re overcoming personal challenges and confronting systemic barriers like racism, discrimination, and exclusion. Click below to see the stories behind every stat.

  • of at-risk young adults who have a mentor aspire to enroll in and graduate from college. Bruce & Bridgeland, 2014

  • of students who’ve overcome attendance, behavior, and course performance issues have an informal mentor. Bruce & Bridgeland, 2014

  • of children in the United States lived in households in which at least one child was food insecure. Coleman-Jensen, Rabbitt, Gregory & Singh, 2018

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We come from small communities and large cities across America. We have different backgrounds and experiences, but we share a common belief. Young people who face challenges in life can be resilient. They just need someone to believe in them and see their potential. Get to know our stories and see what we’re made of.

Alani, Jacksonville, FL
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Amia, Kalamazoo, MI
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Angel, El Dorado, KS
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Anterrious, Greenville, SC
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Arrian, Kalamazoo, MI
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Carolina, San Antonio, TX
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Cecilia, Greenville, SC
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Chaniya, Columbus, Ohio
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D’kariun, Memphis, TN
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Damaris, Cabarrus County, NC
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Daniel, Kalamazoo, MI
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Danna, Laredo, TX
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Dezyah, Greenville, SC
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Eric, Greenvillle, SC
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Harley, Central Texas
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Je’ryon, Nashville, TN
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Joanna, Greenville, SC
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Joel, Jacksonville, FL
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Kaylee, Greenville, SC
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La’Mya, Charlotte, NC
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Laundynn, Jacksonville, FL
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Leah, Southwest Virginia
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Markus, Rocky Mount, NC
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Matthew, Kalamazoo, MI
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Nya, Bradford County, FL
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Omar, Laredo, TX
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Ornella, Charlotte, NC
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Rosendo, Greenville, SC
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Rynasha, Rocky Mount, NC
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Samir, Charlotte, NC
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Santoria,
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Shams, Northern Virginia
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Trayshawn, Kalamazoo, MI
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Trenton, Jacksonville, FL
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Vannessa, Greenville, SC
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