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A new nonprofit has the potential to profoundly improve educational outcomes including college completion for low-income students and it exists for...

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First-generation students can be succeptible to summer melt, where navigating the ins and outs of the college process becomes so difficult that they fall off track. Thanks to recent studies, there are tools available to help fight against summer melt and help keep college students on track. 

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By the year 2020, it is estimated that two-thirds of American jobs will require college experience. Unfortunately, not every student can access a quality high school experience that prepares them for postsecondary success.  This is especially true for African Americans, who attend the least resourced schools and suffer the worst academic outcomes. 

For undocumented students, access to higher ed is important because it is often linked to pathways to citizenship. This report looks at legal and structural barriers to higher education, why this matters and how policymakers can clear the path to a brighter future for thousands of young, eager students and for the country as a whole.

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What’s working and what’s possible to help first-generation students succeed? AWESOME chat featuring Eric Waldo (Executive Director of Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative), Brian Gallagher (CEO, United Way Worldwide), Dell Foundation, Yolanda Norman, Ben Castleman, Joshua Steckel, more!

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Add your voice to an August 6 Tweet Chat to identify innovative policies and practices that can improve first gen college success. Exchange insights about what’s working and what’s possible to help first-generation college students succeed in and after college.

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A recent Education Week article explored a pilot texting programthat keeps graduating and graduated seniors on track for matriculating in their chosen colleges in the fall after they’ve received their diplomas. Read how the work of Ben Castleman and Lindsay Page helped shape the approach.

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Joshua Steckel left his job as a college counselor at a private school to help low-income, largely minority, public-school students in Brooklyn master the perilous college admissions process.

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First-Gen student, Jairus Cater, talks about the importance of that very first job post-college.

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A new nonprofit has the potential to profoundly improve educational outcomes including college completion for low-income students and it exists for one simple and powerful purpose: to teach K-12 children to think and write clearly.


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