Help Young People Get on the Road to College!

by East River Development Alliance


Help make the dream of college a reality for disadvantaged youth and families. Support young people, ages 6-14, on college trips where they will learn about the many benefits of higher education.
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There are 8,000 children in the public housing developments we serve. The average income in our community is $22,000, and the majority of households are headed by single parents. Only 57% of residents have a high school diploma and of those just 9% have a college degree. Access to higher education is a gateway to opportunity and economic mobility for children in our community. Our goal is to expand college access by exposing children (and their parents) to college options at an early age.


ERDA will host 4 college trips, bringing young children (ages 6-14) and their parent(s) to college campuses for tours, information sessions, educational and cultural activities, and the opportunity to meet current students from similar backgrounds.

Long-Term Impact

By providing resources for these families to overcome barriers to college access, this program will promote economic mobility in public housing communities.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Organization Information

East River Development Alliance

Location: Long Island City, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
East River Development Alliance
Project Leader:
Eskedar Getahun
Development Manager
Long Island, New York United States

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