OUR STORY

 "Equity is our students standing as themselves, dreaming without limits, accessing opportunities, helping their families, lifting their communities, impacting their world. Equity is our reason for being, our solution, and the world we want to live in."

- YURI SHANE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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OUR MISSION

Create opportunities for high-potential students from low-income households to define their individual path through high school, college, and career, ultimately benefiting the lives of others.

OUR VISION

Equity in opportunity
for all students.

OUR VALUES

We use these values to guide our work:

ACHIEVE
INSPIRE
CONNECT

We do this by supporting talented students who have power to make great impact, focusing on their individual needs and career dreams.

OUR SOLUTIONS

THE NEED

(National Student Clearinghouse

Research Center)

OUR SOLUTION

THE NEED

(The Brookings Institution)

OUR SOLUTION

Personalized college counseling, SAT/ACT test prep, and college application/essay support

THE NEED

Of low-income students who enroll in college, only 1 in 10 will graduate before age 25.

(Whither Opportunity: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances)

OUR SOLUTION

THE NEED

Only 17% of graduating students have a job before graduation.

(AfterCollege)

OUR SOLUTION

We work with students from 10th grade through college graduation to ensure that they make successful transitions from high school to college to career.

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We're continuing to focus on growth in personal impact, programming and student engagement.

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