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In-depth profiles of outstanding individuals among the 22% of college students who are also parents. Created by Ascend at Aspen Institute, this narrative documentary collection celebrates the scores of students who are pursuing their educations while raising children, working, and also leading in their families and communities.
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Ariel Ventura-Lazo is a first-generation American and the first in his family to attend college. A father of two, he’s faced many challenges along the way. Reporter Michael Castañeda brings us along on Ariel’s journey from nearly dropping out of high school to becoming a passionate advocate for postsecondary education, student parents, and first-generation Americans — sharing his experiences on national platforms.Generation Hope uses a two-generation approach by surrounding motivated teen parents and their children with mentors, emotional support, and financial resources that they need to thrive in college and kindergarten.Download and share the resource guide based on this episode here.You can read the episode transcript here.For more information on 1 in 5, click here.
Lori Barr and her NFL-playing son Anthony started Raise the Barr, their scholarship fund for student parents, in 2016. It was inspired by their own family’s journey of challenge and perseverance. When she found out she was pregnant at age 19, Lori dropped out of college. Motivated by the desire to provide a better life for Anthony, she eventually went back to school and earned a master’s degree in special education. Reporter Katie Thornton details how mother and son use their life experience as a springboard to help others.For more information about Raise the Barr and the scholars they support, go to https://www.raisethebarr.org/Download and share the resource guide based on this episode here.You can read the episode transcript here.For more information on 1 in 5, click here. 
Meet Angelina Kery

Meet Angelina Kery

2021-03-2324:29

Angelina Kery was a single mother to two elementary-aged kids when she decided to go back to college. She was working full-time, was recently divorced, and wondered how she was going to juggle it all. Reporter Hannah Kingsley-Ma explores how a supportive coach and a community of other moms helped buoy her to graduation and beyond — to become a mentor to other student parents. Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Learn more about their work at jeremiahprogram.org.Download and share the resource guide based on this episode here.You can read the episode transcript here.For more information on 1 in 5, click here.
Meet Drayton Jackson

Meet Drayton Jackson

2021-03-1632:29

When Drayton Jackson decided to go back to college as an adult with grown children, he was afraid his peers would not be able to relate to him. To his surprise, they elected him Student Body President. Reporter Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong chronicles how he drew on his life experiences to identify and remedy on-campus gaps in services impacting student parents, and those experiencing homelessness like he himself once had.NOTE: This episode contains a reference to suicide. Download and share the resource guide based on this episode here.You can read the episode transcript here.For more information on 1 in 5, click here.
Meet Savannah Steiger

Meet Savannah Steiger

2021-03-0921:48

When she had her second child, Remy, Savannah Steiger’s life was forever changed. The complications from his birth, and the support system she discovered in the aftermath, helped her find the direction she longed for. Reporter Rhana Natour chronicles Savannah’s journey overcoming trauma, entering the world of higher education, and clarifying her purpose.Family Futures Downeast is a two-generation program that improves economic outcomes for low-income families in Washington County, Maine.Download and share the resource guide based on this episode here.You can read the episode transcript here.For more information on 1 in 5, click here.
Meet Michaela Martin

Meet Michaela Martin

2021-03-0242:27

Just as she was enrolling in college, Michaela became a mom. This dual experience opened her eyes to the realities of parenting while in school, and led her to become an advocate. Journalist Sarah McClure reports on Michaela’s journey and the legislative project she’s working on that could transform the experience of student parents like her.Download and share the resource guide based on this episode here.You can read the episode transcript here.For more information on 1 in 5, click here.
Meet Jesus Benitez

Meet Jesus Benitez

2021-02-2323:16

Jesus Benitez always put his family first. As a single dad, he worked long hours to ensure all of his son’s needs were met. One day, it became clear he couldn’t do it alone. But learning to ask for help, and tapping into the resources around him, turned out to be a harder lesson for Jesus, than he anticipated. Reporter Rhana Natour tells us what happened when he decides to go back to school, for his son.The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is a free program for unemployed or underemployed young parents, that promotes responsible parenting and economic stability through education, employment, and personal development.Download and share the resource guide based on this episode here.You can read the episode transcript here.For more information on 1 in 5, click here.
She grew up dreaming of climbing the corporate ladder and creating a big beautiful career for herself. But when she entered the job market, and became a mom, she realized her path to success would not be so straightforward. Reporter Giovana Romano Sanchez captures the story of Waukecha's journey into higher education, and how she found the village she would need to succeed from then on. Project Self-Sufficiency is a non-profit, community-based organization that helps low-income single parents graduate from college or vocational training with the skills they need to achieve economic independence. Download and share the resource guide based on this episode here.You can read the episode transcript here.For more information on 1 in 5, click here.
1 in 5 vividly profiles students who are parents pursuing their education while raising a family and working. Today, more than one in five college students (22%) are parents. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, guests also share the challenges they faced working, studying, parenting, and staying healthy from home. New episodes will be released every Tuesday from February 16 to March 25, 2021.From Ascend at the Aspen Institute, 1 in 5 episodes feature in-depth conversations with student parents and those who advocate for them in the fields of education, philanthropy, non-profit, and research, among others – including Ascend’s Parent Advisors who inform our Postsecondary Success for Parents (PSP) Initiative. 
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