Why do we focus on poverty

In today’s society, poverty and homelessness remain as barriers to the success of many. It is difficult for students living in poverty and/or homelessness to obtain college educations. Often, poverty and homelessness create significant financial and personal challenges for low-income students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 1.1 million homeless children and youth enrolled in U.S. public schools. 10.9 million school-age children were living in poverty in 2013, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. For these children, education beyond high school may seem nearly impossible. Graduate Gateway’s initiatives are designed to address the challenges that prevent impoverished students from attending and graduating from college.