This project will allow 150 low income students from Loiza, Puerto Rico complete and attain their post-secondary degree. These students have been working hard for the past years. Loiza is a town that already lived under the poverty level before Hurricane Maria, and it was one of the most damaged areas. The challenges they have been facing are extreme, but these students are committed to their studies and together with the help of the ColaborativoPR, other funders we can make sure they graduate.
The educational focus of CollaborativePR, post-secondary school non-enrollment and successful completion This is a problem tackled at the national level on various fronts by many agencies and organizations. In Puerto Rico, the problem is far worse. According to the Puerto Rico Council of Education, less than 40% of college students in Puerto Rico finish their studies within six years. Forty eight percent of 18-19 year olds in Loiza are not enrolled in any post-secondary learning institution.
Supporting the students with UNIVERSITY LIFE PLANNING to acquire the knowledge and experiences to allow them to understand and plan effectively for a post-secondary education. Among the most pressing issues that these students face in transitioning form H.S. to College is their financial situation. We provide assistance to pay for transportation books, school supplies, tutoring and even clothing and food. We work with partnering institution to ease this transition and increase retention.
In addition to increasing retention of the 2018 High School Graduating Class we will continue to work with another cohort of students with the goal of creating a toolkit of proven practices (we have been working with and evaluating consultants) that other school in Puerto Rico can benefit from. Some of our achievements:100% of the 2018 Class graduated from secondary school, 96% applied to a post-secondary school and 94% of the 96% registered at a post- secondary institution in August 2018.