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Academic Coaching for Academic Underachievers



Foster kids face countless challenges in life, and academic success is one of their toughest barriers. In small teams of 8-12 students, START 2 Achieve works to help them succeed academically.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Currently 10% of foster kids graduate from high school - compared to 70% of other students. Academic Teams can raise the graduation rates significantly. Meeting weekly with Academic Coaches, students learn to succeed in school and life.

How will this project solve this problem?

Using S2A's Academic Fitness Network curriculum, students attend 28 sessions per school year and receive incentives for positive achievements. Foster parents will also receive help in dealing with the kids' school challenges. As a Team everyone wins.

Potential Long Term Impact

Students experience academic success, often for the first time, and learn what they can do vs can't do. As their confidence grows they usually graduate on time with pride and are better prepared for life's opportunities.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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This project is no longer accepting donations.

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Start 2 Achieve

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

Project Leader

Ray Wallander

Colorado Springs, CO United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Academic Coaching for Academic Underachievers
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