lthough Athens-Clarke County is home to one of the oldest higher education institutions in the nation, many students in Athens are not afforded the privilege of pursuing a college degree. Unfortunately, children of less privileged families are up to six times more likely to drop out of high school than those with greater financial opportunities. Today, Athens-Clarke County holds the fifth highest poverty rate in the nation, with one in four students living in poverty and only 80% of students projected to graduate from high school.
Here at Inspire UGA we strongly believe that students should know that they do not have to become another statistic – that they too can pursue a college degree. Will you too join the movement to prove figures and projections wrong?
This April we will host our fifth annual Day as a Dawg event. In order to hold Day as a Dawg events – with no cost to students, their families, or schools, we need your financial support. In April 2016 nearly 85 eighth grade students from the Athens community joined a team of over 50 volunteers to learn about the importance of higher education. This year we are reaching out to even more students!
Day as a Dawg events allows students to spend the day at UGA with their very own UGA student mentor, who is there to answer questions, provide advice, and most importantly inspire the student. Along with a complimentary breakfast, lunch, ice-cream social, and t-shirt, students will participate in a special campus tour, hear inspirational messages from guest speakers, take part in workshops, and attend a collegiate sporting event. These young students will become aware not only of what student life at UGA is like - they will become aware of their capability to earn a degree of higher education.