Mission: Empower students from underserved communities to graduate from college
College Track recruits students from underserved communities and works continuously with them from the summer before 9th grade through college graduation. Our 10-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. We teach our students the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond.
A high school diploma is not enough
What matters most, for young adults to build a successful future, is a college degree. College graduates are 2x more likely to be employed and they earn 1.6x more than high school graduates. They are more likely to be productive, participating members of society, being 2x more likely to vote and 4.7x more likely to volunteer. And yet, today, 80.5% of low-income students DO NOT graduate from college.
Over the past 16 years, College Track students have excelled
More than 90% of our students are admitted to four-year colleges and our students graduate from college at a rate that is 2.5 times higher than the national average for low-income students. In the 2013-2014 academic year, more than1,600 students participated in College Track programs across seven sites in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Colorado, and Sacramento.