Spotlights

  1. Odyssey

    August 2016 Member Spotlight: Odyssey

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    Elevator Speech: With support and partnership from The Westminster Schools and Atlanta Public Schools, Odyssey launched in 2005 as an educational access nonprofit that runs summer and out-of-school time programming for highly motivated students in grades 1-12 with significant demonstrated financial, academic, and/or social-emotional needs. Odyssey’s primary focus is running a robust six-week summer academic enrichment program held on the prestigious campus of The Westminster Schools. The summer program enrolls around 36 students per grade level—over 380 students in grades 1-12 served annually—and attracts master teachers to provide rigorous academic courses focused on project-based learning. During the academic year, students are also given the opportunity to attend college fairs, college tours, participate in career exploration programming, be paired with a mentor, and receive college application and financial aid advising and support.

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  2. Lyford Cay Foundation

    July 2016 Member Spotlight: Lyford Cay Foundation

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    Elevator Speech: Launched in 1969, Lyford Cay Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on supporting low-income, first generation, K-12 students on their paths to and through college. The Foundation began as a charity distributing small grants to non-profits in The Bahamas in the 1970s and ventured into providing scholarships for Bahamian students in the 1980s. Over the last decade, seeing the need to better prepare first generation, public school students for college, the Foundation designed and launched its own college access programming. The Foundation’s core belief is that increasing educational attainment across the country is key to the development of a prosperous, healthy, and peaceful Bahamas. Lyford Cay Foundation currently runs four major programs: FOCUS, Cutillas Scholars, Scholarships, and Grants programs.

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  3. Bowdoin Bound

    June 2016 Member Spotlight: Bowdoin Bound

     

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    Elevator Speech: Launched in 2002, Bowdoin Bound is a small, regional nonprofit organization that partners with Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) to expand educational access opportunities through summer programming for high achieving, low-income middle school and high school students of color from inner city Baltimore. In 1802, Bowdoin College enrolled its first eight students, and then President Joseph McKeen urged them to work “for the common good,” a phrase that came to epitomize Bowdoin’s sense of mission. When alumnus Daniel Spears founded Bowdoin Bound in 2002 with its first cohort consisting of fifteen 5th graders, the College drew on this mission to provide in-kind donations through dorm space, the dining hall, scholarships, and invaluable staff time for workshops presented by representatives from the Offices of Admission and Student Aid. Over the past 15 years, Bowdoin Bound has grown to support over thirty-five middle and high school students annually, and remains a commitment shared between the college and volunteers.

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  4. Management Leadership for Tomorrow

    April 2016 Member Spotlight: Management Leadership for Tomorrow

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    Elevator Speech: Launched in 2002, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is a national nonprofit organization that is transforming the career and life trajectories of a new generation of diverse leaders. MLT is also expanding its partners’ talent pipelines at more than 100 leading corporations, social enterprises, and universities. MLT’s acclaimed programs propel the careers of high-potential African American, Latino, and Native American women and men – more than 5,000 and growing. MLT’s programs span the career spectrum – from college (Career Prep) to MBA (MBA Prep and MBA Professional Development) to the executive level (Career Advancement Program).

    MLT’s newest initiatives include MLT Ascend, in which MLT’s Rising Leaders (alumni) volunteer to coach low-income and first-generation college students, and the Africa Business Fellowship, an opportunity for American business professionals to gain up to six months experience working with an African-led company in Africa. In partnership with top-tier corporations such as Citi, Google, Deloitte, LinkedIn, Goldman Sachs, and PepsiCo, along the top 25 business schools, MLT has achieved breakthrough results for its community of rising leaders. MLT has been featured on the cover of Fortune, and in CNN’s “Black in America 2: Tomorrow’s Leaders” series. MLT’s experience and expertise are influencing national conversations about opportunity, race, workforce diversity, and economic mobility, and proving that these vexing gaps and inequities can be overcome.

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  5. College Advising Corps

    March 2016 Member Spotlight: College Advising Corps

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    Elevator Speech: College Advising Corps (CAC) is a national, nonprofit organization with affiliates in 14 states that work to increase the number of first-generation college-going, low-income, and/or underrepresented students who apply, enter, and complete college. CAC places recent college graduates from partner universities as full-time college advisers in America’s high schools. These advisers work to become a part of their school’s community by collaborating with teachers, counseling staff, and administrators to foster a college-going culture within the schools they serve. From navigating the mazes of college admissions, to securing SAT/ACT fee waivers and assisting students and their families with FAFSA applications, CAC advisers become experts, mentors, champions, and guides. Currently, CAC runs 24 programs at partner colleges and universities with over 500 advisers and collectively serves more than 140,000 students per year. Since its inception, CAC has served over 600,000 students.
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  6. Amherst College

    February 2016 Member Spotlight: Amherst College

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    Elevator Speech: Amherst College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Amherst, MA (about 25 miles north of Springfield in western Massachusetts). Since its founding in 1821, Amherst College has become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, annually enrolling some 1,800 talented, energetic, and diverse young men and women. Diversity, defined in its broadest sense, is fundamental to Amherst’s mission. The college enrolls students from nearly every state and from more than 40 countries, and for the past several years roughly 45% of Amherst’s students have been students of color. With its faculty-student ratio of 1 to 8, and its open curriculum (there are no distribution requirements), Amherst allows each student—with the help of faculty advisors—to chart an individual path through the more than 800 courses offered at the college each semester. (more…)

  7. Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)

    October/November 2015 Member Spotlight: Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)

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    Elevator Speech: Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) is a free, five-year program for middle and high school students from low-income neighborhoods all across New York City, which begins with a three-week intensive residential summer program hosted on college campuses. BEAM is an initiative of The Art of Problem Solving Foundation, which was founded in 2004. BEAM recognizes that despite decades of efforts, students of color and low-income students remain vastly underrepresented in science and math related fields. BEAM addresses these statistics by meeting students early and bridging the gap between their aspirations and the opportunities provided to them. The mission of BEAM is to create pathways for underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists.

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  8. Latino College Expo

    September 2015 Member Spotlight: Latino College Expo

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    Elevator Speech: The Latino College Expo (LCE) began in 1990 as an annual event designed to promote college awareness and access opportunities for New York City high school students and their families by providing an array of specialized programs sensitive to the needs of the Latino community. In its 25-year history, the organization has both grown the Expo into the longest running recruitment event in New York City as well as expanded to include a Leadership Summit, L.A.T.I.N.A.S. (Looking At Taking Initiative & Nurturing Academic Success) program, scholarship awards, professional development opportunities, and more. The Latino College Expo embodies the concept of “community” as it is truly an incredible “labor of love” that relies almost entirely on the passion and creativity of its staff, volunteer efforts, investments from colleges and universities, and in-kind donations.

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  9. Determined to Succeed

    August 2015 Member Spotlight: Determined to Succeed

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    Elevator Speech: Determined to Succeed is a Los Angeles-based educational nonprofit dedicated to providing exceptional, highly motivated students from low-income families with comprehensive year-round academic, enrichment, and social-emotional support from middle school through college graduation. Determined to Succeed’s middle school and high school program includes a minimum of twice a week afterschool study sessions that focus on writing and math enrichment as well as academic tutoring, staff and peer mentoring, weekend writing and STEM workshops, test preparation, college visits and advising, and summer enrichment opportunities. Staff continues to work with students as they transition to and through college with scheduled weekly phone sessions, financial support as needed for tuition gaps, books, travel, and internship and career counseling. Every facet of Determined to Succeed’s programming is developed to maximize students’ potential in school and life.

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  10. College-Persistence Programs at Chicago Jesuit Academy

    July 2015 Member Spotlight: College-Persistence Programs at Chicago Jesuit Academy

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    Elevator Speech: Chicago Jesuit Academy (CJA) is a full-scholarship, all-boys, college prep middle school (grades 5-8) that seeks to serve students who could not otherwise afford a private education. CJA is not selective based on a student’s academic history, but rather seeks motivated students who look forward to taking advantage of the small classes, extended academic days, and 11-month school year at CJA. CJA’s College-Persistence Programs (CJA-CPP) annually serves over 150 CJA students and alumni by providing support services—including secondary school advising, standardized test prep, counseling services, paid summer internships, and college advising—to students and families through the transitions to high school, college, and beyond.

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