Why It Matters

Keeping the American Dream Alive

We’re Missing Out On An Extraordinary Amount of Talent

In 1940, a child born into an American household had a 92 percent chance of making more money than her parents. In the 1980’s, it was a 50 percent chance—a coin toss.This hits low-income communities and first-generation students especially hard. Our mission works to reverse this trend, keeping the American Dream alive and well at College Track.

If there is one thing we have learned in twenty years of supporting students’ to earn a college degree, it is that real transformation requires real commitment. One that extends ten years through their entire high school and college experience. There is something inside each of these young people, a fire in the belly, that drives them to do truly amazing things.

The students we serve are more than twice as likely to graduate from a four-year university than their peers. A college graduate is 2.2 times more likely to be employed and will earn 1.7 times more income than a high school graduate. They are also twice as likely to participate in society and vote. Ultimately, we want students to have the full range of choice when it comes to their job prospects, because we know that as College Track graduates they leave their campuses with the opportunity to change the trajectory of their lives and to serve as role models for their friends, families, and communities.

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