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Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity

  • Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity
  • P.O. Box 70457
  • Marietta, GA 30007
  • (678) 395-5825
  • 1988

Program Description

Our programming is research-based and research-responsive to the disproportionate under enrollment of students from marginalized groups (i.e., lower income, first generation, students of color, undocumented, immigrants, and refugees) in college and the college undermatch of such students at selective institutions. Beginning in middle school, our programming engages students and families in middle-through-high school college planning activities focused on academic achievement, service, leadership, and pursuing exceptionality by developing students' gifts and talents by maximizing locally available resources. Students are guided in course taking, developing narrative writing skills, and in developing the core knowledge required to score above the 90th percentile on SAT/ACT testing. Our curriculum-based mentoring (online and print materials), and one-on-one guidance, focuses on closing the college knowledge gap by exposing students to pre-college programs, scholarship opportunities, and admission to selective institutions for which they uniquely qualify. Our services are delivered directly to students through our Atlanta-area College Planning Cohort and through Cohorts managed by such school and community-based partners as the; Alpharetta-Smyrna Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. ASA Guide Right Program (GA); Austin Independent School District (TX); Crossroads for Teens; Florence County School District 3 (SC); C); Judson Independent School District (TX); Pinellas County Schools (FL); Turner Chapel AME Church (GA); and United Ghana Christian Church (GA). Our College Planning Cohorts (students in grades 9 - 12) operate from September through May. Our College Planning Boot Camps (students in grades 5 - 12) operate from June through August.

Success Stories

Mikayla, Lake City High School Class or 2015 was the first in her family to attend college immediately after high school. Lake City High School, located along the "Corridor of Shame," so-named for the South Carolina communities located along I-95 that are among the highest poverty, and with the lowest funded schools in the United States. Working with Mikayla, we were able to assist her in becoming the district's first Gates Millennium Scholar and first Questbridge Finalist. We nominated her for the prestigious Meyerhoff Scholars program at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County where she graduated in 4 years. Mikayla received scholarships and financial aid offers over $1.1 million and became a "Tipping Point" for her school district. The combined success of her 15-student 2015 College Planning Cohort inspired 113 rising seniors to participate in the 2016 College Planning Cohort. Kimberly, a first generation student from our Atlanta-area Cohort, is a 3rd year student at Williams College. Kimberly began working in our program as a third grader. Guiding she and her mother in her course taking, activities, and leadership development, Kimberly went on to graduate 2nd in her class from the Paulding County High School Academy of Science, Research, and Medicine. Sydney, a first generation student from our Pinellas County Schools Cohort, is a senior in the International Baccalaureate Programme at St. Petersburg High School. Sydney entered our program as a high school junior and was guided into applying to, and receiving a scholarship for a summer immersion program at the University of Chicago. Sydney was guided in finding her voice in her college admission essays to the University of Chicago, where she has been offered admission, and will be entering the University of Chicago in the fall 2020. Bre'an, a first generation student from Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia, who joined our program at the beginning of her senior year of high school, made the one-hour drive with her mother to attend our Atlanta-area Cohort monthly meetings. We were able to successfully guide Bre'an in becoming a QuestBridge College Match Finalist and matching to Carleton College where she will be attending college in the fall 2020. DJ (11th grader) and TaRetta (10th grader) from our Atlanta-area Cohort have been accepted into, and offered scholarships for, the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.

Best Practices Library

Our curriculum design and work with students are based on the latest in educational research. Our program is based on a small group model where students work in groups of 3 - 5 students around their individual identities, such as academic performance level, athletics, creative arts, visual arts, or college/career aspirations. Small group coaches assist students through curriculum units, engage students in small group discussions, and review student narratives. Students are guided through college/scholarship research based on their unique student profile and family circumstances. Over the course of our program, students develop critical thinking skills, conversational and debate skills, and high level narrative writing skills. Students disproportionately achieve GPAs and test scores in the top percentiles, enroll in higher level classes, assume leadership roles, engage in community service, graduate from high school, enroll into college, and receive full college scholarships when compared to their demographic group in their respective secondary schools.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 2%
  • White: 16%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 30%
  • Other: 10%
  • African American: 40%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1500
  • Middle School: 300
  • Elementary School: 150
  • Post-secondary: 150
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (50)

First-Generation

  • More than 75%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Agnes Scott College (1)
  • Alabama State University
  • Amherst College (2)
  • Boston University (2)
  • Brenau University (2)
  • Claflin University (12)
  • College of Charleston
  • Emmanuel College
  • Florida State University (2)
  • Francis Marion University (10)
  • Georgia State University
  • Howard University (30)
  • Jackson State University (10)
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Mercer University (2)
  • Morehouse College (6)
  • North Carolina A & T State University (10)
  • Ohio University-Main Campus
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Spelman College (4)
  • Syracuse University (3)
  • Tennessee State University (10)
  • United States Air Force Academy (1)
  • University of Florida (1)
  • University of Georgia (10)
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore (2)
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County (2)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (5)
  • University of West Georgia (6)
  • Wake Forest University (2)
  • Wesleyan College (1)
  • Williams College (2)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana (20)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 95%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 80%