Our Belief: Making Common Sense More Common

General Intelligence(s) is a nonprofit organization committed to providing high school and undergraduate students from disadvantaged communities and school districts with resources for success. General Intelligence(s) is one of the first peer-to-peer initiatives to help students gain crucial life skills and the social capital necessary for success which is taught as a “hidden curriculum” at well-funded schools.

Students from First-generation and Low-Income communities, or who identify as members of these communities, often struggle with the transition to college and additional challenges upon matriculation. Our organization guides students with the transition and adjustment to post-secondary institutions- a crucial aspect left out of many college related organizations. At General Intelligence(s), we don’t believe that the “job is done” once someone is accepted to a post-secondary institution.

Many components of the college experience and application process are not as intuitive or meritocratic as people may believe them to be and this disproportionately impacts students who have not had access to the same resources and information early in their academic careers. Furthermore, many student curriculums across the nation do not cover basic, yet crucial, skills such as introductory coding, cultural awareness (& appreciation), financial literacy and finding mentors in a field of intended study. This is the so-called “hidden curriculum” pervasive in schools today. Our goals are to raise awareness on the severity of the issue on campuses across the United States, and to help provide schools and students with resources to help bridge the gap.

We provide daily content, partnerships with other organizations on specialized webinars, and mentorship and tutoring programs with high school seniors, undergraduates and career professionals. We believe that this knowledge should be free and not hiding behind a pay-wall or a school subscription.

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Number of Countries Where We Have Helped Students

15,000

Visitors to the Site So-Far

200+

Articles On Our Website

“Prospective college students from low-SES backgrounds are less likely to have access to informational resources about college (Brown, Wohn, & Ellison , 2016). Additionally, compared to high-SES counterparts, young adults from low-SES backgrounds are at a higher risk of accruing student loan debt burdens that exceed the national average (Houle, 2014).”




https://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/education

“The success rate of low-income students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines is much lower than that of students who do not come from underrepresented backgrounds (Doerschuk et al., 2016).”

https://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/education

Our Team

Our team is comprised of contributors, our core team, interns and students that attend post-secondary institutions around the United States and Canada. We have team members from top schools such as the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Cornell University, Brown University, Columbia University, McGill University, University of Toronto, Yale and many more.

Our Vision

To connect high school students in school districts around the country with important basic skills and tools for post-secondary success via workshops and resources. We also partner with local organizations and groups to provide free resources. To connect undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds with important insights necessary for post-secondary success. This includes advice on campus climate from current students, tutoring, introductory coding and more.

Our Difference

We are one of the first organizations to target both high school and college students in a peer-to-peer format. Ideally, students will be able to go through the college application process, the college transition and challenging college courses with help from our resources. We pride ourselves on not only providing academic support, but also emphasizing life skills. We place a large emphasis on the important of social capital in career success.

Interested in Joining Our Team? –> Contact Us:
generalintelligences@gmail.com

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“While academics are at the front of college readiness, beneath students’ academic preparation is a web of social interactions and experiences that may be just as important. Unfortunately, low-income students are less likely than more affluent peers to be immersed in secondary school environments that encourage open interaction between them and their peers and teachers, both inside and outside of class. As a result, they are less prepared to capitalize on support services and to ask for help when they need it.”

http://debsedstudies.org/low-income-high-sucess/

“There’s a gap…many institutions nationwide can be doing more to make sure that all students have a fair chance at graduating and graduating at the same rate.”

Mamie Voigt, Institute for Higher Education Policy

The belief that schools are the great equalizer, helping students overcome the inequalities of poverty, is a myth.”

William Schmidt, Michigan State University


About Us

Founded in April 2020 to support FLI high-school and post-secondary students as well as students across the United States.

Get In Touch

generalintelligences@gmail.com

If you are interested in joining our team please send us an email.

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