TOLF Attends a Preview of "All the Difference"


On August 25th, the One Less Foundation attended a preview of “All the Difference” presented by WHYY at their Philadelphia studio. The documentary follows two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago as they graduate from high school and pursue their dream to graduate college. Their journey brings to light several issue ranging from the emotional and academic support available to these individuals, to the financial challenges associated with attending a four year college.

As part of the event, there was also a panel discussion that addressed current issues with our educational system in the United States and possible paths to address these widespread barriers that can inhibit students from reaching their full potential. In particular, college affordability was addressed at some length. Dr. Kathleen Shaw, the Executive Director of the Research for Action organization, urged that as a nation, we have to do a better job of educating our students as to the cost of their degree. Most students entering college do not understand how much their degree will cost them, and when these payments will start. By leaving these conversations until after graduation, students are often left with a mountain of debt and no way to dig out from underneath it. This is especially problematic for those students that attend some college, but are unable to complete their degrees.

Additionally, Wes Moore, the founder and CEO of BridgeEdU spoke to the millions of dollars of financial aid left on the table because FAFSA forms were incorrectly filled out and submitted. The One Less Foundation is proud to offer courses for college readiness that helps students navigate through these unclear issues. If you or someone you know is looking for resources regarding these issues, please visit our site at

“All the Difference” premiers September 12th at 10PM EST on your local PBS station. We hope you will tune in to support this great film and the spotlight it shines on issues that must be addressed within our national and local education systems.