Ashoka Fellow
Germany
Fellow Since 2009
    This description of Katja Urbatsch's work was prepared when Katja Urbatsch was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
    Introduction
    Katja Urbatsch empowers young people with non-academic family backgrounds to start and succeed in university. She addresses the fact that few of the first high school graduates in their families consider university as a career option. Her mentoring network and information platform overcome barriers like financial concerns, social networks and low regard for the typically free German university education. By creating a positive, and provocative, identity for "working class children" (Arbeiterkind), she enables individual choices and combats social segregation.
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