Health Events Among Highlights of African Heritage Month at Dalhousie

At Dalhousie University, the Promoting Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians (PLANS) program has been recognized for its dedication and contribution to the success of Black students in health, among other pioneering pathway programs. Continue reading Health Events Among Highlights of African Heritage Month at Dalhousie

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Civil Rights Legacy Shapes Mission at Providence St. Mel

In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moved into an apartment in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood — less than a mile from where Providence St. Mel stands — to protest housing inequality, segregation and poverty in this embattled community. A few short years later, Paul J. Adams III, the founder of Providence St. Mel School, moved from Alabama to that same neighborhood in Chicago to … Continue reading Civil Rights Legacy Shapes Mission at Providence St. Mel

Walking the ‘Last Mile’ Through Graduate Support

Providing low-income, minority boys from Boston with the rigorous, affordable education that they deserve is part of our daily work at Nativity Preparatory School. However, we see — as do the Johnson Scholarship Foundation and many in the education world —  the serious need to help bridge “the last mile” for disadvantaged students. Progress in this area continues, but it must have the end goal … Continue reading Walking the ‘Last Mile’ Through Graduate Support

City Music youth with staff. Photo by Mike Spencer.

Summer Youth Program Empowers Students to Confront Important Social Justice Issues

City Music, Berklee’s youth development and outreach program, delivers tuition-free, high-quality contemporary music education to young people in grades 4-12 who are from underserved communities. During this past summer, City Music brought together 15 at-risk teens, who were referred by the City of Boston’s Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, for a summer of learning and self-actualization. These students, most of whom were new to … Continue reading Summer Youth Program Empowers Students to Confront Important Social Justice Issues

Diversity in Health Professions: 3 Ways Dalhousie is Looking to the Future

Graduation season may be over, but here at the Johnson Scholarship Foundation we’re still enjoying the many stories we hear about students whose lives were transformed because of the scholarships, programs and organizations that we help to fund. As the newest member of the JSF team, I was excited to hear about a milestone for our grantee partner Dalhousie University. The school recently celebrated the … Continue reading Diversity in Health Professions: 3 Ways Dalhousie is Looking to the Future

The Fading American Dream

Raj Chetty is a professor of economics at Stanford University and has been recognized by the American Economic Association as the best American economist under age 40. His current research focuses on equality of opportunity: how can we give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding? Professor Chetty’s research shows that the American dream of upward mobility is fading. An American child from a … Continue reading The Fading American Dream