We serve adolescents in low-income communities at a critical point in their development - as they search for their pathway into the adult world.

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  • 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.