Whole families have been changed as a result of one student’s journey through the Odyssey Project. Students become role models and advocates for their family, friends, and community.
- Two-Thirds believe their experience in Odyssey heightened their children’s interests in attending college.
- 97% said Odyssey impacted their ability to support their child(ren) in school.
- 98% said that they modeled the importance of education to their family and friends.
One Odyssey alum shared, “My children before Odyssey knew about college but didn’t say things about going one day. Now my children are eager about one-day attending college because they’ve seen it, they know where it is and they know what it looks like. Driving past a University is totally different than actually going inside one, being invited, and knowing people who both study and teach there. I think my children are proud of me and want me to be proud of them.”
Odyssey students are also more civically engaged. 97% felt they were more aware of current events after Odyssey and 89% turned that into action by voting more in local and national elections. On the whole, students also reported increased volunteerism and engagement in social justice issues.