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A young girl is not letting the death of her father slow her down. Not one bit.

With college costs up and access to it being even more of a challenge, lots of people are being left out of the loop. But The College Board came up with a snazzy way to attract students to help them get ahead.

DISCLAIMER: We were not paid to promote this, I just thought that this girl's story was great and the idea of making AP classes more accessible to women and people of color is important to me. Cool, let's dive in.

The College Board launched a new ad campaign called "All In," which promotes the benefits of taking advanced placement (AP) classes.

They've got a huge goal — to get every single qualified student enrolled in AP classes. Their latest ad follows Luhit Recinos, a senior taking two AP classes at her high school in Miami. But Luhit's not a model student. Her story stood out to the producers because she spoke candidly about her obstacles while admitting that she doesn't like to study.


Rada Film Group, a company that produced the ads with The College Board, explained:

"We wanted to target the students who were on the fence about enrolling in advanced placement ... students who were, in fact, unexceptional. In other words, we wanted these students to be relatable and identifiable because you don't have to be exceptional to take AP." — Rada Film Group

AP classes actually helped Luhit focus after dealing with an even larger challenge in her life, the death of her father.

"I never thought my father was gonna die at such a young age. ... Something that my father always wanted to do is have a job that wasn't so hard on him. It's difficult not having an education." — Luhit Recinos

Luhit and her dad

While family is important to her, Luhit learned that they can't always be with you. So focusing on school and pushing herself to take advanced classes made sense. "At least your education comes with you. Your education is part of you," she said.

Students can apply the credit that they receive from these advanced classes towards college.

But that's not the only reason why Luhit's taking them. She plans to be a psychologist and thinks the critical thinking skills she's learning will help her win at life.

"AP classes are a challenge. But if you know what you're worth, then go get what you're worth." — Luhit Recinos


The College Board hopes to reach more students like Luhit with its new All In campaign.

Young women and students of color are on their radar. Currently "only three out of 10 African-American students with potential for success in an AP science course enroll [but] a single AP class can change the educational trajectory of a student's educational career," says Rada Film Group.

They predict that in three years, "new AP courses will reach over 9,000 low-income students, and over 500 STEM classes will be developed to encourage women and minorities to excel in math and science. That is elevating 9,000 students with the opportunity to contribute substantially to the economy in ways they may not have achieved."

It looks like Luhit's on the fast track to greatness.

To learn more about her story and the All In campaign, check out the video below:

And if you're a student (or know one) who wants more info on AP classes, jump on it! Talk to teachers or guidance counselors. Here are some handy tips to get started.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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