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 ninth 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 2 times more likely to be employed and they earn 1.6 times more than high school graduates. They are more likely to be productive, participating members of society, being 2 times more likely to vote and 2 times more likely to volunteer. And yet, today, 80.5 percent of low-income students DO NOT graduate from college.
Over the past 18 years, College Track has demonstrated a record of success
Today, 93 percent of our high school students are accepted to four-year colleges and our college students graduate at a rate that is 2.5 times the national average of their low-income* students. In the 2014-2015 academic year, we served over 2,400 students across eight communities. We have six sites in California – East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, the Los Angeles communities of Boyle Heights and Watts – a site in the city of New Orleans, and one in Aurora, Colorado. In the summer of 2016, we will open our ninth site in Denver.
*Pell Grant eligible