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.
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.
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.
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