The D.C. Metro Area is a profoundly diverse and influential region, yet despite concerted efforts to improve opportunities for students, low rates of college access and completion remain, affecting low-income students of color across the region.
While Prince George’s County is home to one of the 25 largest school districts in the country, only 36% of the county’s population will earn a college degree.
Golden State Warrior and dedicated philanthropist Kevin Durant paid a visit to College Track Oakland back in 2017. One year later, he announced a 10-year, $10 million commitment to bring College Track to his hometown of Prince George’s County, MD.
In partnership with The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation and Prince George’s County Public Schools, College Track at the Durant Center became College Track’s first East Coast center and one of three to open in the DC Metro Area region by 2021.
A View Inside…
Just a short walk from Suitland High School, the center is a sprawling space filled with imagery of our champion on and off the court, as well as inspirational messages from some of our nation’s most revered leaders. From Nelson Mandela to Muhammad Ali to Maya Angelou to Barack Obama, the walls represent a constant reminder of what’s possible with hard work and determination.
What Our Students Have Achieved
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Scholar Spotlight: Stephan, Suitland High School
I was born here in Prince George’s County. When I was three-years-old, my mom and I moved in with my grandmother just a few miles from here, and I’ve been with her ever since. I’m also the oldest of seven kids. And I’ve always felt like I had to set an example for them. I can’t say college was on my mind all the time, but it was definitely on my grandma’s mind!
When I joined College Track, I didn’t know a lot of the other students. It felt like the first day of school all over again. Then they took us on a two-day retreat in the middle of nowhere. Over those two days, we didn’t just learn about the program, we learned about each other. We talked about our families, what subjects we like, what we wanna be when we grow up. We forged a bond over this shared experience.
Now, there’s this whole group of people I can’t wait to see at school everyday who I might never have even met! And while I may only be a freshman in high school, I am ready to take ownership of my life and create a future of my own design. I also want to be a voice and an advocate for my community. If I’ve learned anything from growing up here, it’s that everyone has different ideas, opinions, and dreams, and beliefs… but we are all human beings. And we deserve to be heard.
Our partnerships not only helped us expand to a new region, but also provide limitless opportunities for College Track to change the narrative for students living in and around our nation’s capital.