We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and send our deepest sympathy to our Sixup families, friends and communities who are grieving. In the coming days and months, the Sixup team will also be working and strategizing on how we can take action to use our resources, our platform, our network, our connections and our social and financial capital in even more targeted and effective ways. We already have had social justice at the heart of our mission, but we want to lean into this goal and work even more proactively to help solve the societal inequities that have held our country back for far too long.
We are horrified about the death of George Floyd. Thousands of people have turned out in the streets to protest this injustice and demand a better, fairer country for all. It may seem like a time of ongoing crisis and hopelessness for today's college students, especially the students who are disadvantaged, underserved and of color. Please remember, however, that you, as ambitious and driven college students, are precisely the ones who are in a beautiful position to lead change and make a difference.
Your diverse generation of future leaders, of every color and creed, represent the true and hopeful face of what America can become. We are all in this together, and all of us here at Sixup stand with you and support you.
Many of the young people protesting remind me of our Sixup students. You, and your future, are the premise on which our company was formed. So many of us are feeling tremendous outrage and sadness, and rightfully so. Now the question for all of us is, how do we find meaning and move forward in a constructive way from this difficult time? This may be your opportunity to turn your emotion into powerful action for an even higher purpose.
Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Thrive in school. You have overcome adversity and persevered to earn the opportunity to change your life by gaining admission and attending college. Now is your time to work harder and smarter to become our next generation’s leaders.
Even in a moment of despair and national crisis, when so many people might feel like this country is failing or beyond redemption, don't give up on yourself. We need more first generation college graduates, more people from underrepresented communities, to inspire the next generation. Remember, you are the next-generation talent pipeline of leaders, innovators, policymakers, entrepreneurs, creators and change-makers.
Representation matters. Your voice matters. Putting your education to a great use is more important than ever. Prepare for healing, resilience and growing together for a better tomorrow. Use this time to mobilize and position yourself to have a direct impact on transformative change. This is why Sixup believes in you and invests in you. We are in this together.
Sixup is dedicated to helping high-achieving students from low-income families fulfill their potential and get on better paths to success in their lives. This moment reminds us that this work is more important than ever. Let’s keep working together to make America be what it should be: a place of opportunity for every person, where talented, creative, hard-working people from all walks of life can build a brighter future and be a light unto the world.
Sincerely, Sunwoo CEO & Founder