Important conversation. I focus on volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring and the role programs can take in helping kids living in high poverty areas move through school and into careers. I do so since support systems for kids in high poverty are less filled with people who model different opportunities or can open doors for kids as they get older.
you can find a variety of graphics that illustrate first grade to first job because to me, a decent paying job offers the freedom to learn, and the opportunity to raise your own kids free of the challenges of poverty.
Yet, I agree that college is not the only path.
I maintain a web library and include links to articles like yours because as we get volunteers and others involved in the lives of kids, these adults need to be doing their own deeper learning, to better understand the different challenges poverty created for some kids, which are not challenges faced by kids in more affluent areas, as well as the different ways to inspire kids to be self motivated learners, taking charge of their own futures, supported by the systems and adults around them.
Growing the number of people who read these articles and enter this conversation is part of the challenge we face.