ACC For Educational Justice Program
Providing an equal ground to Muslim minorities in their educational endeavours
The ACC for Educational Justice program aims to serve communities that have been historically underrepresented in the educational system. We will focus on serving the African American communities in the first two years, and we will then expand the program to serve the Latino and refugee communities in future years. Ultimately, our goal is to empower these Muslim minorities with an riba-free education in order to open the doors of opportunities and pave their path towards a successful career.
There is no doubt that there is a definite need for more programs to serve students in underrepresented communities that do not have the same educational opportunities as their peers simply because of their ethnicity, race, or school district. As an organization whose primary mission is to facilitate ease in attaining higher education through riba-free financial assistance, we feel the need to do our part, even if it’s a drop in the ocean.
Lower family wealth among African American families coupled with the decline in state funding for two-year and four-year public colleges ultimately pushes these students to borrow more money. So, in comparison to white students, African American students are impacted by student debt to a far greater extent.
Family Wealth by Race
During the first phase of this program, we will fund a total of 13 African American students from the following locations: Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Los Angeles, CA, Tampa, FL, and Philadelphia, PA. Each student will receive a maximum riba-free fund of $20,000. When these students repay the borrowed sum, we will then re-allocate that money to another student, ultimately establishing a Sadaqah Jariyah (continuous charity).
We plan to use some of our existing funds for the program, but we need to raise an additional $250,000 to carry out this program. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to support our students by donating at the link above. Thank you!
- The Need: https://beyond12.org/why-it-matters/
- K-12 disparity and facts: https://uncf.org/pages/k-12-disparity-facts-and-stats
- Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015: https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p20-578.pdf
- The student debt crisis has hit black students especially hard. Here’s how: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/27/how-the-student-debt-crisis-has-hit-black-students-especially-hard.html