We provide curriculum-based mentoring, college and financial aid planning assistance, training for faith- and community-based organizations, schools, and school districts. Specializing in assisting students from low-income backgrounds, first in the family to attend college, and undocumented students with special college admissions and financial needs. Current partners include; Turner Chapel AME Church (Marietta, GA); Florence County School District 3 (SC); South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators; and Austin Independent School District (TX). Curriculum is research-responsive to college undermatch, need for student support programs, closing the college knowledge gap, SAT/ACT score disparities based on family income, and underrepresentation of lower income students at selective institutions.
Mikayla Hanna, Lake City High School Class or 2015 is the first in her family to attend college immediately after high school. Lake City High School, located along the "Corridor of Shame," so-named as South Carolina communities located along I-95 that are among the highest poverty, 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 is currently enrolled pursuing a joint MD/PhD. Mikayla received scholarships and financial aid offers of 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.
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.