Our Belief: Making Common Sense More Common with Peer-to-Peer Support

General Intelligences is a nonprofit organization committed to providing high school and undergraduate students from disadvantaged communities and school districts with resources for success. General Intelligences 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.

What is Making Common Sense More Common:

-Raising awareness of educational inequality by directly engaging with our community partners and students
-Helping with college retention & continuation rates
-Providing free resources for academic and professional success to students from marginalized and/or disadvantaged backgrounds
-Tackling stigmas associated with students from marginalized and/or disadvantaged backgrounds
-Free Resources, Programs and Advice for crucial life and social skills

Students from First-generation and Low-Income communities, Refugee Communities or Ethnic Minority groups, 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. We know that counselors at schools are overwhelmed and busy and we also know that it may be intimidating to reach out to them at college. At General Intelligences, we don’t believe that the “job is done” once someone is accepted to a post-secondary institution.

Interested in Joining Our Team?

Contact Us:
generalintelligences@gmail.com

Internship Application: https://forms.gle/8z4SbbEnHpfMyUSA8

Why Make Common Sense More Common :

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 :

  1. To raise awareness on the severity of the issue of educational inequality on campuses across the United States
  2. To help provide schools and students with free resources
  3. To have a peer-to-peer format that allows for students to ask and receive help without going to a counselor
  4. To provide mentorship and an enhanced understanding of educational inequality
  5. To have free opportunities to network with professionals in a variety of fields and from top education backgrounds

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.

General Intelligences, through its volunteers and community partners, is committed to helping students that have historically been under-represented. Our hope is to turn awareness into action and to educate students both on the issue and how they can be agents in fostering change in their own communities.

How We Have Been Making Common Sense More Common:

4,000+

Students Directly Helped from Our Programming + Resources

75+

Number of Countries Where We Have Helped Students

220+

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.

“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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