There are about 12.9 million students in the US living below the poverty line and the Covid-19 pandemic has also worsened this problem. The pandemic forced the closure of over 64,000 schools in the United States, leaving some students even without the basic necessities, including the food and shelter.
Alyssa Gorkin and Martine Khalighi, the co-founder of the EEqual, also tries to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on socio-economic inequality.
Both Martine and Alyssa also worked with the other executive team, which also consists of 4 high school students, including Lydia Shimells, Tira Durell, Maggie Power and Manar Jeelani.
The company has further added that the building the EEqual took them approximately nine months, which includes the developing programs, brainstorming ideas and figuring out to create new ideas to launch the program. Furthermore, the adult team also worked to build two additional adults advisory boards.
Member and Teacher of the programming advisory board, Katherine Palmers, believes that the initiative of the EEqual is critical for the students living below the poverty line in the United States.
Chief Operating Officer of Digital Transformation Company, Aureus Tech Systems, Pakhira said, Aureus will be sponsoring at least one scholar a year to assist in EEqual’s efforts to providing homeless students with a college education. “Poverty and homelessness are often systemic issues arising from a lack of access to education. We’d like to be a part of the solution.”
Lydia Schimells said, “We first started by spending as much time as possible researching and learning about the population we were trying to serve,” said Maggie. “None of us know what it is like to be a homeless student, so it’s unfair to assume we know how to help them.”