says Sabari Raja, co-founder and CEO of Nepris.
A demographic study sponsored by New Schools Venture Fund and conducted by Empirical Education found that 55% of students reached through Nepris are from underserved and lower socio-economic school districts. While Nepris connections bring classroom lessons to life and add relevance, the greater impact is often the inspiration that students find from the professional and experts whom they meet. These experts encourage students to dream big and to consider careers they may never have known about, such as being an aerospace engineer, a speech therapist, or an amusement park designer. Frequently, students ask questions about what college was like or what classes they should take now to help them prepare for college. After a Nepris lesson, many students who previously felt college was unattainable begin to see greater possibilities for higher education and new career paths.