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Articles by Holly Martinez | Special to Equal Voice News
First-Generation Students Blaze Trails, Face Challenges

First-Generation Students Blaze Trails, Face Challenges

For Jon Hernandez, going to college wasn’t part of his original plan. While it may be difficult given that he can’t always ask family members for advice, he intends to complete his bachelor’s degree within three years with the help of his father’s GI Bill. “I usually address faculty for questions about school,” he said. [...]
In Seattle: A Haven and Hope for Kids on the StreetsSEATTLE ‒ The temperature is falling, and in Seattle, the leaves and rain are falling as well. Festive music fills storefronts, and there’s a buzz as the holidays approach and thoughts turn to home. But, for 22-year-old David – and more than 3 million other Americans who experience homelessness in a given year, including 1.3 [...]
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Connecting the Dots: A Movement of HumanityPINE RIDGE, S.D. ‒  “We can create movements,” said Walt Pourier, a Lakota Sioux. “Creative movements focused on humanity, the environment, and peace.” On the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, up to 70 percent of students do not graduate from high school and youth suicide rates are 150 times higher than that of the [...]
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Teachers Speak Out: All Students Deserve an Equal EducationLOUISVILLE, Ky.  –  Education has the potential to be an equalizer in society, an outlet in which all students are presented with opportunities to improve their futures. As the achievement gap widens between those from affluent families and those from poverty, the aspect of the equalizer diminishes. Kevin Howe, a non-certified first grade teacher in [...]
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Pine Ridge: Wheels of Change in Motion on the ReservationPINE RIDGE, S.D. ‒ In early August, humidity thickens the air and a rusted orange moon rises and hangs over the Pine Ridge Reservation. Barefoot babies wander through the brush holding hands while already-stumbling adults head to Whiteclay. The small town of Whiteclay, Neb., lies two miles outside of the dry reservation, across the state [...]
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