What Does Education and Youth Empowerment Encompass?
Education Access in the United States:
What Are Ways to Get Involved?
Education Access in Athens
- Over 80% of the kids in public schools in Athens are on free or reduced lunch (the national rate is just about 51%).
- Clarke County School District (CCSD) students are 55% black; 20% Hispanic; 19% white; and 6% Asian or multiracial.
- The racial/ethnic disparities between the school district population and the county population can be attributed to the student population at UGA, and the disparities between a predominantly white university environment and a majority black local school system are reflected in high dropout rates, poor health outcomes, high teen birth rates and student achievement gaps.
- Clarke County- In terms of the county’s public schools’ white students are 3.2 times more likely to be enrolled in at least one AP course when compared to black students, despite 50% of the district consisting of Black students. Additionally, 77% of all expelled students were Black compared to 7% of white students, a similar ratio is present when looking at out of school suspension rates.
Courses at UGA
- Athens Tutorial Program: The Athens Tutorial Program provides academic assistance, improving learning skills, and providing basic life skill enhancement and cultural enrichment opportunities to at-risk K-12 students.
- Books for Keeps: BFK is an organization that works to provide students in Clarke County with books for the summer. It is a research based program that works to end the "summer slide". They are also one of our lovely community partners!
- View service opportunities here!
- School Garden Network: The School Garden Network is a partnership of Athens organizations that have come together to make sure that every school in Athens-Clarke County has a school garden that is accessible to enhance instruction that engages students, staff, families and the community.
Courses at UGA
- EDUC 2110: Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education