Advise the Advisor: A Direct Link to the White House

Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council and one of President Obama’s senior advisors on education policy, is asking for feedback from parents, teachers and students on what’s working in communities and what needs to change. She is familiar with Upward Bound and other TRIO programs as she has met with national TRIO advocacy leaders regarding making TRIO a key education priority for President Obama.

This week, Ms. Barnes is asking for students, parents, and teachers to contact  her with their experiences in education. It is important that each Upward Bound participant, parent, alum, and friend contact her regarding the importance of Upward Bound and other TRIO programs.

You can add your voice to the conversation by answering one or all of the following questions at Advise the Advisor on the White House web site  by Friday, March 11th at 5 pm EST.

Here are some suggested topics:

Parents: How has TRIO aided in your child’s education?   How has the program impacted your family and community?

Teachers: President Obama has set a goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. How are you preparing your TRIO students for college and career?

Students and Alumni: In order to compete for the jobs of the 21st century, America’s students must be prepared with a strong background in reading, math and science along with the critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity needed to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce. How has TRIO prepared you for a career in the 21st century?

We are facing a critical time as Congress and the Obama administration are working on the budget for 2011-2012. Programs are being cut and eliminated, and only effective programs will be funded. You know that Upward Bound and the other TRIO programs are effective in helping low income, first generation college students enter and complete college–in changing lives. Tell your story to the White House this week, so they can have evidence for continuing to support and fund TRIO. For your sake and for the sake of those whose lives we can change in the future.