#BecauseWeWill is an interactive social media campaign designed to give learners an opportunity to share personal stories and build a sense of community, support, and belonging with other learners across the country.
The campaign raises public awareness about student struggles and amplifies the voices of learners across the United States. It aims to create a virtual community for learners to find mutual support and encouragement as they persevere on their own journeys.
By sharing their personal stories, learners create a network of support to inspire learners facing similar circumstances and are considered for a chance to win $1,000.
Once you choose a category, structure your story with a beginning, middle, and end. Record a short video (preferred) or write a short essay describing your story of perseverance to, through, or beyond education.
After you have created your story and submitted it here, remember to share it on social media using #BecauseWeWill - and tag us!
Come back here to see your story posted on our social wall. Then, share it with your friends and encourage them to spread the word and submit their stories.
Read Elijah's story of persistence and determination to get to college despite having diabetes
Read Nitoria's story of being a young mother and a first-generation adult student
Read Dijana's story about following her dreams and helping other foster youth
Read Jill's story of overcoming obstacles to pursue the path to become a teacher
Read Olivia's story about overcoming health issues during her education journey
Read Unenakam's story about dealing with the transition to the United States
Read LuCinda's story about how she dealt with college to career transition
Read Arsheen's #BecauseWeWill story about living through the pandemic.