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Freddy’s back! Freddy Martin was a JTB intern the summer before his freshman year. He recently completed his sophomore year as a psychology major at Loyola Marymount University. He’s working on our SLI Alumni Outreach. Freddy contacted us because of a project for his Sociocultural Analysis of Education class. This week, he shared his results and analysis with us.

“We explored how race, class, and culture influence our education system. As part of the class, our professor wanted us to reach out to a community-based organization to conduct ethnographic research on the themes we had analyzed. However, due to Covid-19, we were only allowed to conduct our research virtually,” explained Freddy. “Thankfully my mom suggested that I reach out to JTB.”

Program Director Cristina Figueroa put Freddy in touch with JTB alumni to interview about their experience within the American education system and with JTB. “The testimonies from the students confirmed many of the claims made by researchers, that each student’s experience is unique. Numerous factors - school funding, parent and teacher encouragement, home stability, cultural background - influence the quality of American education,” Freddy went on, “there’s a need to address these issues so that every student in America has equal access to opportunities and learning. JTB works to counteract the imbalance through its pipeline programs. The former students I spoke with all showed that the impact JTB has on the lives of the students cannot be understated.”

Because of his connection to these JTB alumni, we knew Freddy would be a perfect fit for our SLI Alumni Outreach! Have an impact on education and connections by making your donation to JTB today.
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“The support given to students of color and those from poor backgrounds by JTB is vital to the pursuit of an equitable education system, and society. They described how the networking events showed that they belonged in rooms full of professionals, and equipped them with the skills to navigate any formal business setting.”
- Freddy Martin
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