For many disadvantaged and underprivileged children, the idea of going to college is something that gets wiped off their radar at an early age. Because they are growing up in poverty and living lives day to day, the concept that they might someday afford a higher education is easily pushed aside and forgotten about. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter
Of course, getting a university degree is among the most critical factors in determining how a person will fare economically in American society. It’s still a fact that those who achieve a 4-year college degree have a distinct advantage over those who don’t.
That’s why people mired in the lower classes tend to stay there generationally. But now two Arizona women want to change that. Angelica Cruz and Nicole Fernandez have created what they call SySTEM Phoenix.
SySTEM Phoenix is a special charter school that focuses on children in grades 6 through 8. The idea is to get these youth thinking about college, but also in a way that makes them believe higher education is an attainable goal for them.
It includes programs which takes students on trips to college campuses to get them a first hand look of just what they are – and to get them thinking about what they need to do to get there some day.
The innovative program has received financial support from the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. This source of nonprofit revenue was established by journalists Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey – to enterprising Phoenix newsmen who successfully sued Maricopa County (Arizona) for false arrest back in 2007. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://james-larkin.com/about/ and http://james-larkin.com/
The men were illegally detained by the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, the ruthless and unscrupulous Joe Arpaio – a man himself who was convicted of federal crimes, only to be shamefully pardoned by Donald Trump.
To make a long story short, Larkin and Lacey prevailed in their false arrest lawsuit against Arpaio and the county, and were awarded $3.7 million. This is the money that established the Frontera Fund – which now supports worthy causes such as SySTEM Phoenix.
It is significant to note that SySTEM Phoenix serves many children whose parents are undocumented workers and/or immigrants, the very group that were cruelly persecuted by the likes of Joe Arpaio.
Michael Lacey and James Larkin are proud to assist efforts such as SySTEM Phoenix as part of the journalists’ mission to make the world a better place for immigrants in America.