Resources for learning more about education and student-loan debt
- Student Debt and the Class of 2013 (The Institute for College Access and Success, November 2014) (providing state by state data and a full report on student debt from federal and private loans).
- The American Dream is Leaving America (Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, 10/25/2014) (basic element of American dream is equal access to education, but now many countries do better than the United States in educational mobility).
- Oregon student debt doubles in a decade, colleges increasingly dependent on borrowed money (Jeff Manning, The Oregonian, 9/25/2014).
- Oregon Values & Beliefs Project (2013), indicating that Oregonians consider education funding and quality to be top priority.
- REPORT: "Doing Away with Debt: Using Existing Resources to Ensure College
Affordability for Low and Middle-Income Families" (The Education Trust, 2/13) (report on reducing student debt and closing opportunity and attainment gaps)
- ARTICLE: "Schooling Ourselves in an Unequal America," (New York Times, 6/16/13)
- Education, no longer the great equalizer (New York Times, 12/22/12):
ARTICLE:"For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall"
INFOGRAPHIC: Widening Gap Between Low-Income and Affluent Students
VIDEO: The Diploma Divide
- LISTEN: Portland State student group proposes "Pay It Forward" student educational debt reform legislation (OPB Think Out Loud, 12/3/12)
- Student Debt & the Class of 2011, a report from The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS, October 2012). Soaring student loan debt data, both nationally and by state. Sixty-three percent of Oregon's collegiate class of 2011 averaged $25,497 owed.
- “The Student Loan ‘Debt Bomb’: America’s Next Mortgage-Style Crisis?” [PDF]
This Report from the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys discusses what’s fueling the “student loan debt bomb” and recommends actions to take to defuse it. (February 7, 2012)
- “Student Loan Debt is Stifling Home Sales,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek (February 23, 2012)
- “Ron Wyden puts a number to the soaring cost of college - 439 percent”
This “PolitiFact” Oregonian article delves into Senator Ron Wyden’s statement that, “Between 1982 and 2007, the cost of a college education increased 439%.” (March 7, 2012)
- “Obama urges college affordability,” Los Angeles Times (January 28, 2012)
Discusses President Obama's proposal to create federal incentives to cut college tuition costs -- the first time a proposal of this type has received a presidential endorsement.
Sages working on solutions
Giving forward by investing in children’s education around the world.http://www.wearesage.org/resource-center/storytree/sage-mohammad-rahman
Helping students with scholarships, grants, and backpacks to get the right start for school.http://www.wearesage.org/resource-center/storytree/sage-jeanne-magmer/
Teaching young adults accountability, respect and integrity.http://www.wearesage.org/resource-center/storytree/sage-bruce-watts/
Volunteer for nonprofit partners
You can give forward to the next generation by volunteering for causes and programs that strengthen education, protect the environment, and promote economic security for younger and future generations.
To get started, consider volunteering with one of these great nonprofit organizations that are building a brighter future. For more long-term initiatives, you can lead a unique project with one of our partners (click here for current project opportunities).
Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion—Provides innovative programs to thousands of Oregon students and families to ensure access to postsecondary education. You can help OSAC open up the doors to higher education by mentoring a high school student around academic preparation in their ASPIRE program, or by participating on an OSAC scholarship selection committee. Call Tina Wilson 541-687-7352.
I Have A Dream—Helps low income children succeed in school, college and career. You can inspire middle and high school students to pursue a career he/she may not have considered by hosting a small group at your office, or tutor students in math, reading, or writing. Call Emily Gaither, 503-287-7203 or 804-513-6586.
Friends of the Children—Mentoring program that selects the most at risk youth in our community and pairs them with a paid, professional “Friend” from kindergarten through high school graduation. You can help by connecting with youth as a career advocate or by supporting Friends during their weekly programs. Call Meagan Golec, 503-281-6633.
Metropolitan Family Service, AARP Experience Corps – Mentoring program that matches volunteers age 50+ with young students in our schools who need a little extra help to become great readers and develop the skills and self confidence that will help them succeed. Mentors become actively engaged in their schools, working one-on-one or in small groups with K-3rd graders, 4-6 hours per week. Excellent training and support are provided. Email email@example.com or call 503-232-0007 x217.
Open School (OS)—College-prep program for the kids who have fallen the furthest behind, surrounding these students with what they need to graduate and get ahead – advocacy to be their best, equity to spark learning, and rigorous academics to succeed in the modern economy. 75% of Open School students are living in poverty, and 78% are youth of color. Volunteers can become involved in helping students begin to explore post-secondary options as they pertain to college access, financial literacy, and career exposure & opportunities, helping connect what students learn in the classroom to potential career pathways. Call 503-488-5187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
KairosPDX is a non-profit organization focused on delivering excellent, equitable education to underserved children, their families and their communities. Through innovative pedagogy, community collaboration and family partnership we are closing Portland’s persistent achievement and opportunity gaps in measurable, sustainable ways. Our mission is to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating, confident, creative, compassionate, leaders. We do this through an organizational approach that includes: Kairos Learning Academy, Family Connections Programming, Professional Development and Policy. We offer several short and long-term volunteer opportunities in our programs. Call 503.567.9820 or email email@example.com.
Minds Matter of Portland—All Volunteer academic mentoring program that transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. You can mentor an underprivileged high school student to gain acceptance to a four-year university and navigate the financial aid process. Email infoportland@MindsMatter.org.