A-G For All
Since 2015, FLA Oxnard youth have researched education inequities at their schools. Students noticed that not many of their Latino peers were enrolling in four-year colleges. The students organized and began to do their own research.
They found that only 22% of Latino students attending Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) schools completed the college readiness courses known as the A-G requirements. These findings galvanized students into action pursuing a policy reform that would align the A-G requirements with high school graduation requirements.
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To publicize the forum, FLA staff supported the youth by going on to Telemundo, having social media presence and reaching out to organizations who had endorsed the A-G policy. FLA also invited the Education Trust – West to showcase the importance of data in policymaking.
Youth discussed how being first generation is difficult enough for someone who wants to go to college, let alone someone who has to navigate GPAs, SATs and A-Gs. Youth also talked about how many of their parents, as much as they would like to support, they do not have the “know how” into gearing them into a four year school. Some youth also shared the misfortunate attitude that administrators and counselors have toward them “a four year school is not for you”.