When we have the opportunity to speak with individuals and groups about Education Matters, we always start by asking one question― would you say that education was part of your journey to where you are today? Each time, the response is yes.
We ask this question to highlight something that we all know: education matters in our lives. It matters in how we see the world, how we engage with our neighbors, how we provide for ourselves and our families, and the list goes on.
For our students, learning has not been a linear path. Some were unable to finish high school due to family circumstances. Others had to leave their home countries to find safety. No matter where their journeys were disrupted, students can walk through our doors and restart their education.
A few weeks ago, we met a young woman who was enrolling in our English Connection program. She had only been in the United States for one week and knew that Education Matters was the place to restart her learning. That same day, we spoke with a woman who has been studying for several years, working toward her GED after dropping out of school in the sixth grade. It can be a daunting challenge to reengage in education, but each day, our classrooms are filled with people at various points along their journey who know that education matters in their life.
We must ask: how has education been a part of your life? Has it influenced who you are today? If you believe in the power of education, we ask you to join us in support of our students on their learning journey.