Every day, formerly disconnected youth are seizing the opportunity offered by Gateway to College programs and exceeding what they once thought was possible for themselves. I came to Gateway to College National Network in the spring, moved by the transformative experiences of thousands of Gateway to College students. They continue to inspire me.
Check out some highlights from 2015:
Gateway to College graduates a record number of students. In 2015, Gateway to College programs graduated our largest number of students to date—nearly 1,000 formerly disconnected students completed the programs with a high school diploma and an average of 22 college credits. The majority of these students will continue pursuing a college credential, working towards a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree. They are well on their way to fulfilling careers and self-sustaining futures.
We begin our second decade with strength. Thanks to generous investments from partners at Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, Tipping Point Community, Kresge Foundation, College Spark Washington, and others, GtCNN is able to conduct original research, collaborate with our 41 network partners, and begin new efforts to increase student success.
We have started new initiatives to support disconnected youth. We are piloting new curriculum in Washington aimed at reinforcing student motivation and increasing persistence. We are working with new partners, including the Casey Family Programs, to better support the many Gateway students who have been in foster care. And, we are launching Ambassador Councils in two regions, allowing us to grow partnerships and be more effective in areas with Gateway programs.
And we have much more work to do:
- 1 in 5 high school students don’t graduate on time; most of those will not earn a high school diploma.
- Nationwide, the high school graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students is 73.3%, significantly below that of their peers.
- There are an estimated 5.5 million Opportunity Youth (16 to 24 year olds who are out of school or out of work) in the U.S. today, each of whom costs taxpayers on average $13,900 per year.
- See more in the infographic below.
With your support through #GiveChange—an annual event to raise resources and awareness for the national network of Gateway to College programs and services—we are able to foster new partnerships to leverage school district funding, enabling formerly disconnected youth to go to college.
For over a decade we have designed, implemented, and stewarded programs that have reconnected thousands of previously disengaged youth to education and postsecondary pathways. Your gift of any amount will help give opportunity to the next generation of youth who need a second chance.
Thank you sharing our belief that all youth, when provided with educational opportunity and the right supports, can thrive. Give Change. Give a Second Chance.
Gateway to College National Network