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Our mission is to alleviate educational disparities at home and abroad by providing students with the resources to set them on a path for success, planting the seeds for a better tomorrow.

Access to education is a fundamental right. While in the United States we are fortunate to have equal access to education, there is not an equal opportunity to succeed. This pattern is consistent globally, where inadequate rural education in third world countries furthers systemic poverty. Millions of students face challenges in their education due to socioeconomic limitations. Past the core curriculum provided by the education system, many students need more guidance to be able to step into their future. Pathway to Progress, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Florida, aims to provide those stepping stones.

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Mentoring not only equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed academically but enhances their opportunities for life success by providing advice, personal support and encouragement. By sharing our time and experiences with those in need, we empower them with confidence, the ability to make better decisions and develop life strategies.



Over 737 million people globally, live in poverty. In fact, 15.4% of the population -over 27,700 individuals- live below the poverty line right here in Bay County. All funds we receive directly support specific educational opportunities for low-income, disadvantaged students. Your charitable donations make a difference in the lives of these children at home and abroad.

Our Vision

A Message from Founder, Sanjana Patel

I have always believed that education is the gateway to the future but unfortunately its attributes are not in the equal reach of everyone. Throughout my childhood trips to India, I would visit small schools in rural areas with my family where I first faced the reality of how so many students lacked the quality of education and the fundamental guidance needed to take kids out of the cycle of poverty.

Each visit, I would try to contribute as much as a young child could, such as school supplies from a local shop. These childhood experiences opened up my passion for bridging the gap of educational disparity in as many places as I could impact in my lifetime. With that vision in mind, I started my goal within my own high school, where I created a school supply drive for rural schools in India my sophomore year. After collecting hundreds of school supplies over an entire semester, I spent last summer going back to India to deliver the supplies, reaching over 800 students. Then, through my involvement in my own school district within

Student Government, I became aware of the needs of students within our own community. There are thousands of students within Bay County and surrounding areas who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and lack the necessary guidance and resources to excel, which puts them at an academic and social disadvantage next to their peers. Unfortunately, the education system is not always fit to serve the challenges of these students.

With the needs of both the local and global education in mind, I wanted to create Pathway to Progress to see how we can work together as a community to address those challenges. As a local community and as global citizens, it is our responsibility to lift our peers up, and that begins with those who make up our future.

Every student deserves an equal opportunity of having a clear pathway ahead of them to a better life, but we must first provide those stepping stones. Our mission is to provide resources, opportunities, and guidance to students while bringing more awareness on how educational inequality continues to be an issue the modern world is facing and the consequences that follow along if we do not work together to alleviate the matter. Please join us in creating that path forward.

Sanjana Patel

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We’re working hard every day to help level the playing field for students,  teachers and communities in economically-challenged areas in Northwest Florida and abroad.  There are many ways you can help! Show your support by contributing to any of our current campaigns. All donations are tax-deductible.
Volunteers are integral to the success of our mission. We‘re always in need of individuals who are passionate helping young students succeed in school and life! Even just a few hours can have far-reaching impacts. Opportunities include administrative assistance, community outreach, fundraisers, mentors, and more!

Are you interested in becoming a partner or volunteering?


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    20 Jul: An Insight to the Gujarat Orphanage School

    At Pathway to Progress, addressing the needs of global education is an important task for us. The gender and class disparities in education in developing countries is a vast issue that can only be addressed one step at a time. As a young organization, we cannot solve the problem overnight, but we would like to be a part of the progression.

    23 Jun: Disparities in Standardized Testing

    The SATs and ACTs are a stressful milestone for every high school student. The scores help determine scholarships, college acceptances, and access to so many more opportunities. However, the reality is that despite equal ability, higher income students have a significant advantage when it comes to standardized testing. Here are just a few of the factors that show how.

    19 May: How COVID-19 Has Highlighted Inequities in Education

    As we face the unpredictable times of COVID-19, I’d like to draw attention to the hardships it brings on for the education of students in low-income communities nationwide. With the abrupt transition to distance learning at home back in March, millions of students had to retrain themselves to adapt to new learning methods that are heavily dependent on technology.