We serve adolescents in low-income communities at a critical point in their development - as they search for their pathway into the adult world.
A significant indicator of college completion is the belief that one’s desired career requires a college education, as measured at grade eight.
Test scores, behaviors and attitudes measured at grade eight explain more than half of the poverty-based gaps in the high school graduation rate.
Of the 30% of students who don’t graduate from high school, two-thirds are dropping out in the 9th grade.
Formation of self-concept around abilities forms by age 10 to 12.
Students who report interest in science, technology, engineering or math at this age are most likely to pursue advanced education and careers in STEM fields.