It is no secret that Michelle Obama can do no wrong and everything she touches turns to gold. Ok, maybe that isn’t true, but she has recently launched a new phsase of her initaiative to help encourage students to continue their education after high school.
According to ABCNews: BetterMakeRoom.org will be a place for students ages 14-19 to get information on such matters as signing up for the SAT and ACT exams, filling out federal financial aid forms and applying to college, aides said. Students will also be able to share stories about their goals, their progress and what’s inspiring them to go to college.
This is a great move on the part of FLOTUS because it helps those that really need it, high school kids, but also aims to strengthen POTUS mission of returning the U.S. to first in the world in the number of college graduates by the year 2020.
The United States is one of the largest industrial nations in the world, but the rising cost of college seems to be keeping people from attending these days. No one wants to end up $100,000 or more in student loan debt for an undergraduate degree we all know is the modern day equivalent of a high school diploma.
Nevertheless, something must be done to bridge this gap between the importance of higher education and the rising cost of said education. FLOTUS seeks to help solve the issue instead of just complaining about student loans or the cost of college.
The first lady made the announcement this past Monday at the White House, but enlisted a few celebrities to help her promote the initiative with her promo video released via Twitter.
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) October 19, 2015
The great part about this effort is there are more than 20 media outlets, businesses and noprofit groups helping to make this great. Businesses such as Vine, Mashable, American Eagle Outfitters, Funny Or Die and the CW television network, AwesomenessTV and CollegeHumor are involved.
There are all recognizable outlets by the targeted group, thus a good mesh and opportunity to help our young people achieve more…..as I still believe the black community believes in higher education as a way to obtain financial stability.
Do you still believe in higher education and is FLOTUS on the right path with this program?
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