by am August 6, 2021
Our mission is opportunity. Our goal is to graduate all of our students on time. We do this with a data-driven approach to tackle the problem, come up with solutions, and provide an opportunity for a better future.
THE PROBLEM: IN MICHIGAN, ABOUT 40% OF WHITE STUDENTS DO NOT FINISH COLLEGE & 63% OF BLACK STUDENTS DO NOT GRADUATE IN 6 YEARS.
- Michigan must tackle its college graduation problem early by helping new students prepare for college and then cross the finish line.
- Importantly, only 6% of Black and economically disadvantaged students finish high school considered college ready.
- Approximately 1.2 million Michigan residents have some college credits/education, but they lack a degree, equating to about $600,000 lifetime lost income per person.
- Likelihood of re-enrolling in college after already having dropped out is only 30%.
THE SOLUTION: COLLEGE GRADUATION IN 4 YEARS THROUGH MENTORING, INCENTIVES & ELIMINATING HISTORICAL TENDENCY TO DROPOUT BEFORE THE COMPLETION OF A DEGREE
- Across Metro Detroit, students will be selected while in high school, where mentors will work with students to complete college applications and apply for FAFSA aid.
- Students will be matched with mentors for 1 year, repeated each year for 5 years.
- Students will receive mental health support, tutoring support, and start the program with a new laptop, tablet and printer to support their path to earning a degree.
- Students will receive: $500 at high school graduation, $500 per college semester, $500 after each completed year of college, and $1,000 upon graduation in 4 years.
MENTORING & TUTORING
- Starting in high school, mentors will be matched with students to develop a plan early for college.
- Mentors will work with students on a regular basis, helping them coordinate and time manage college life and stay motivated.
- Students will receive 4 years of 1-on-1 tutoring. Research shows tutoring increases reenrollment to the next semester by about 20%.
- $500 will be provided to students as incentive for graduating high school and enrolling in college.
- In college, students will receive $500 at the start of their semester and an additional $500 for each additional semester for 4 years.
- Upon graduation, students will receive an additional $1,000 and access to job shadowing through innovative firms in Metro Detroit.
- A lost degree means $600,000 lost lifetime income, and currently half of all students are not finishing college.
- By reducing the rate of dropouts, the program will not only impact current students but also the chance of success for future generations.
- By increasing the graduation rate from less than 40% to 100%, the program will serve as model how to change life outcomes in Detroit.
GOAL: GRADUATING 100% OF STUDENTS
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