‘1 in 5’ Season 2 Episode 10: Meet Isis Patterson

Isis Patterson | April 25, 2023 | Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents

Growing up, Isis Patterson and her family were constantly operating in survival mode. School offered her the safety and security she lacked at home, so she took a liking to it. When she found out she was pregnant at 15, she kept herself immersed in her schoolwork, graduated with honors, and received a full-ride scholarship to college. Driven by her own experiences with housing insecurity, she studied public policy as an undergraduate student and pursued housing equity work, leading her to want to better understand the root causes of housing instability. But a graduate program involved financial risk, and she needed affordable housing, childcare, and a tuition package to make her dream feasible.

Fortunately, Isis secured housing on an income-based sliding scale and was able to lean on
the support of friends and mentors to pursue a Masters Degree in Urban Planning at Harvard University. Isis is again balancing being a mom and a student, with the same motivation in mind — the future of her children.

Graphic promoting Isis Patterson's '1 in 5' podcast episode. The graphic includes a photo of Isis and her son and daughter, as well as Isis's quote: "I have a lot of people that want to see me thrive and help me in whatever way they can. And so, knowing that I had that, I took a leap of faith."

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You can read the episode transcript here.

Resources

Commonwealth of Massachusetts childcare voucher program makes it possible for families to have access to high-quality information, resources, and referrals to meet their child care needs.

Financial Women’s Association is a non-profit organization that proudly supports over 800 members worldwide and promotes the professional development and advancement of all women through education, mentorship, scholarships, networking, and alliances across the financial community.

Head Start and Early Head Start provides free child care and other services for children approaching school age. To find a Head Start in your area, visit National Head Start Association.

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