This project will provide one year of academic and enrichment support for 60 low-income youth in Boulder County. Students will receive literacy and math assistance, cultural enrichment opportunities, college and career preparation activities, and a college scholarship. Our organization works with each cohort of 60 youth for 10+ years, from second grade to and through college. Your support empowers these youth and provides educational support needed to become successful adults.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
There are over 16,600 children living in poverty in Boulder County, creating a huge opportunity gap that too often perpetuates the cycle of poverty. The gap threatens development of core academic, social, emotional, and life skills. These youth are more likely to fall behind in school, resort to unhealthy behaviors, and drop out of school. The program creates a culture of college and career success for the youth, also impacting family members, peers, and schools in which the program operates.
How will this project solve this problem?
Each cohort employs one full-time Program Director and utilizes highly qualified tutors, mentors, and volunteers that support the Dreamers in reaching their academic and career goals. Services include literacy & STEM support, tutoring & mentoring, parent outreach & counseling, summer programming, college & career preparation workshops, health & wellness programs, service learning opportunities, and a tuition-assistance scholarship for college or vocational school upon high school graduation.
Potential Long Term Impact
The program increases graduation rates and college attendance rates for low-income youth, helping them break the cycle of poverty. These Dreamers graduate at a rate of at least 90%, compared to between 65%- 75% of their low-income peers, and at least 85% of Dreamers continue on to post-secondary education compared to 37% of their peers. The program provides opportunities for Dreamers to capitalize on their talents and aspirations, helping them achieve success in school and life.
Total Funding Received to Date: $53,475
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $96,525
Total Funding Goal: $150,000