Our open enrollment and Learning AFAR scholarship programs aim to ensure that all youth, regardless of background or ability, have opportunities to experience the world and their place within it, because too many of today’s youth are being left behind. Many young people live in neighborhoods where poverty and crime are common and job and education opportunities are not. Underserved youth and students with mixed abilities must continually advocate for themselves to receive accessible opportunities to grow and learn. This puts these young people at a serious disadvantage when it comes to having a chance at economic self sufficiency, full civic participation and becoming leaders for sustainable change. Closing the experience gap is more important than ever. Since 2009, AFAR Media and No Barriers USA have provided Learning AFAR scholarships to 613 youth.