Recently a survey in which African American youth were asked questions about education revealed that nearly 70 percent of low-income African American youth consider success in school to be a top priority while 89 percent indicated that it is important to obtain a post-secondary education.
The positive responses to the education questions are seen as an important indicator. Research has suggested that students who are more engaged and more optimistic about their future in education are more likely to make a significant effort to attend college.
But there are opportunity gaps that do exist, and it is a challenge for stakeholders to consider action-oriented approaches like investing in school and university partnerships. African American youth can be greatly aided through increased access to guidance counselors. Other effective programs can include employing transparent data systems and implementing cultural competency training that can lead to better opportunities for youth of color.
It comes as no surprise that when asked, nearly 90 percent of African American parents share similar views when it comes to education for their children in wanting them to attend and graduate from college. Continuing research and other studies consistently show that African American communities are overwhelmingly in support of youth attending college. But there are still many students that encounter academic and information obstacles which tend to hinder their academic preparation for higher education.
As with many issues facing the black community, getting on the right track can be very much an issue of educating the parents and community in general. Much can be accomplished by amplifying a college going culture, a culture in which African American parents are made aware about the college going process. Such an environment will create a culture in which more African American students are academically prepared for a college education.
These new reports present a substantial drive and determination on the part of low-income African American youth to attend college despite significant obstacles and negative narratives regarding their success.