Aria Albritton is a native of Decatur, Georgia and a 2018 graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she studied international studies and sociology. Having graduated from a small, underserved high school and transitioned to Johns Hopkins, Aria understands the necessity of exhaustive support networks for students of color as they navigate their university experience. She has most recently served as an AmeriCorps member for college readiness programs at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) where she launched a student-led, cross-age literacy and mentorship program for refugee elementary and high school students. She currently serves as the IRC’s interim Career Readiness Specialist for out-of-school youth and has successfully applied for thousands of dollars to support a wide range of youth programs. Aria believes in the power of youth leadership, peer-to-peer mentorship and creating spaces for young people to realize the unique agency that they have in changing their own lives and as well as their communities. She is committed to the sustainable, equitable and inclusive development of south DeKalb County. Her lived experiences and life goals have equipped her to serve as Step Ahead Scholars’ program manager, helping to further our mission of supporting students to and  through college!


Program Manager



  • Hundreds of thousands of qualified high school graduates don’t enroll in college because of access barriers


  • The  480:1 national student to counselor ratio results in limited college access information for underrepresented students

  • High need students are more likely to “under-match,” and less likely to understand college options​​

  • Upper-income students are 8 times more likely to earn a degree than a low-income student