According to the website YouthMentor.org, 1 in 4 public school children drop out before finishing high school, and African-American and Hispanic students have a 65% likelihood of finishing high school on time. The website also states that 76% of at-risk youth who had a mentor aspire to enroll in college, have lower rates of depression symptoms, are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. On this episode, we want to take a moment to acknowledge mentors during National Mentoring Month (January) and discuss the importance of mentorship in improving individuals and our neighborhoods.
Project Digital Africa is an organization with a mission to create awareness and provide people living in Africa with the opportunity to have access to unlimited resources, training, certifications, software, devices, and gadgets in the digital and tech industry. On this episode, we are joined by Lisa Nwoye, the Founder and President of the organization, to have a conversation about the importance of her work, grassroots efforts and access to tech!
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On this episode, we wanted to take a moment and test our debate skills and answer the question - should college be mandatory? Is there sufficient sociological, economic and personal evidence to suggest that we should all be required to attend college?
According to an article found on NBC News, total student loan debt is close to reaching $1.5 trillion, and is still on the rise as colleges and universities continue increasing tuition over time. These days, earning a college degree may seem like something that is totally out of reach, unless you pull out a ton of loans or get a full ride scholarship as an athlete. On this episode, we are joined by Matthew Einsohn, Co-founder of Free Education University, an organization that teaches current and prospective students and parents how they can get their education paid for, without pulling student loans!
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), our ocean provides our planet with countless benefits, including climate regulation, recreation, food, medicine and of course - the awesome marine life it contains! On today’s episode, we are joined by marine biologist, Allison Santos, to talk about her experiences, the field and to discuss the importance of conservation efforts.
A year ago, the team at Ology Research Group recorded an episode about the gun debate, following an shooting at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in south Florida. Today, we come back to the table, following another shooting in south Florida, this time, at a high school. On this episode, we revisit the topic of gun ownership, self-defense and the second amendment. What will it take for us to reduce these instances of innocent lives being lost?
Over the last few years, we have seen several social movements arise, which all deal with relevant, contemporary social issues. On today’s episode, we reflect on some of these modern acts of solidarity, social movements of decades ago, and compare them - all to answer the question: are modern protests effective?
According to a Gallup poll from 2013, 70% of those surveyed either hated their jobs or were completely disengaged! From experiencing issues with superiors or teammates, to lack of purpose-focused work, there are many reasons why people these days may be unhappy with their place of employment. On today’s episode, we present a simple and insightful way of determining, not which job will consider you to be a good fit, but rather, which workplace will be a good fit for you!
As many of you who have been following Ology know, Ology Research Group provides organizations with research & evaluation support, survey instrument design, survey implementation, analytics for reports, assessment and grant writing, to allow organizations to continue to serve as effective agents of change, for the betterment of our communities. We also have this pretty cool Podcast, which we have committed to for the past year. On this special episode, we recap some of the highlights, triumphs and challenges of 2017, along with what Ology has in store for 2018!
In May of 1796, an English doctor named Edward Jenner administered the world’s first vaccination, which was given as a way of preventing smallpox, a disease which according to the World Health Organization of the United Nations, took over 300 million lives in the 20th century. Following the introduction of vaccinations to the world, a movement arose against the practice - a movement which we still have today, nearly 220 years later. On today’s episode, we discuss the different perspectives towards vaccinations, and justifications for, and against the practice.
According to an article found on Inc.com, being consistent brings many benefits, including facilitating measurement, creating accountability, establishing your reputation, making you relevant, and maintaining your message. On today’s episode, we discuss why consistency (in both your personal and professional life ) matters
We have all encountered them in high school and college, or, you may even be one of them: students with very high GPAs, worthy of being recognized as valedictorians. There are numerous evident benefits to working hard to earn the highest grade in your cohort, including scholarships, grants, the recognition of course, and making your parents proud. However, we were curious to know, over the long term, is being a valedictorian a predictor of future success?
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, over 25% of undergraduate students (4.8 million students) are raising children. There are generalizations made about the ability of college students being able to complete a degree while raising children. The question we came to address on this episode is: can students who are also parents, still complete a college degree?