The Hope Center is celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the #RealCollege movement to assist students’ basic needs for food and housing. Donate to support #RealCollege students.

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice will debut #RealCollege Blog on February 15

Students are humans first.

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is redefining what it means to be a student-ready college, with a national movement centering #RealCollege students’ basic needs.  Food, affordable housing, transportation, childcare, and mental health are central conditions for learning. Without those needs met, far too many students leave college in debt and without degrees.

The #RealCollege Virtual Journey

Across the nation, college enrollment and retention are falling and students are struggling to meet their basic needs. The Hope Center announces The #RealCollege Virtual Journey, an opportunity to build capacity and to meet this moment of global pandemic, historic inequality, and unprecedented public spending.

This creative re-envisioning of the annual #RealCollege convening offers higher education leaders and their communities critical support.

We are conducting action research and fighting for the resources and supports to help #RealCollege students succeed.

The evidence is clear- enrollment and retention are falling, financial precarity is a key cause, and emergency aid can help
As higher education confronts a global pandemic and widespread declines in college attendance, The Hope Center for College, Community, and
The launch comes as the #RealCollege Movement turns 5! December 4, 2020 PHILADELPHIA - The Hope Center for College, Community

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“Hungry to Learn” available for free on Yahoo

After years of being ignored, students experiencing food insecurity are finally taken seriously in Soledad O’Brien’s important new documentary Hungry to LearnIt’s a critical investigation into the what students need now to succeed. Everyone who cares about college, works in a college, or is committed to America’s economic recovery should view this documentary and commit to action. Given the current health and economic crisis, there’s never been a more important time.

Thanks to Yahoo, the documentary is now available to stream for free. Seize this opportunity. Show the doc to your colleagues and students. Educate policymakers, fund raise for basic needs programs, and spread the word about the realities of #RealCollege. Share what you do with us at #RealCollege and #HungryToLearn on social media.


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