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June 8, 2020  |  Achieve News

Black Lives Matter

These times are weighing heavy on our hearts. Together, we must do more! The painful past is still present today-not only in the form...

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Black Lives Matter

These times are weighing heavy on our hearts. Together, we must do more!

The painful past is still present today-not only in the form of violence, but the everyday experience of deeply rooted discrimination. The inequality of our schools and the education our children receive.

Our laws have not gone far enough, we have not gone far enough in how we regard one-another.

Achieve Palm Beach County was created to collectively address student needs to make an education beyond high school more attainable for all. Just last year, we paused to assess our work and determine how we could make a bigger, more meaningful impact. The COVID-19 crisis has given us a deeper sense of urgency, as it makes racial inequity in the education system more glaring. Our black and brown students have been impacted the hardest and that is unacceptable.

This has led us to set four interim priorities to focus our collective efforts, to ensure that our black and brown students do not fall through the cracks:

1. Digital Divide – Advocating for access to universal broadband internet and needed technology

2. Equitable Outcomes for Students – Applying resources where they are needed most

3. Asset Map – Identifying gaps in supports and services

4. Refining Data – Consistently measuring impact and adjusting accordingly

The social unrest we are seeing here in Palm Beach County and across the nation keeps us rooted in our commitment to create system-level change in the education system, so that all our students can have access to quality higher education, empowering them to achieve economic mobility.

More than ever, we believe that making the education system more equitable is part of the solution to systemic and institutional racism. We are excited that at this moment, our professional staff consists of two black women and our backbone organization is United Way of Palm Beach County, a diverse organization serving the community of Palm Beach County.

We are proud that we have diversity among our leadership and across our teams, and at the same time we invite our community to engage in this collective effort. We need your voice and your resources to create the change we need to make. Find out how to get involved by sending an email to info@achievepbc.org.

To the Black Community – We See You and You Matter!