Academic and Career Success
We invest in programs that help vulnerable young people in low-income communities achieve academically and succeed in their careers.
Foundation grantees in this area include nonprofits like the Higher Achievement Program and College Summit that help youth who are struggling do well in school and go on to college. Middle school students participating in the Higher Achievement Program significantly raised their grade point average (GPA) from 2.3 and 3.8 by the time they graduated from the program four years later.
College Summit aims to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income students prepare for and enter college. Of the 1,200 national capital region students that completed College Summit's program in 2006-7, 79 percent enrolled in college – far more than the 46 percent national average among low-income students.
The Foundation also funds early childhood education programs, such as the Child and Family Network Centers which provide preschool and childcare, along with family services, to low-income families.
Through our special signature program, the J.C. Nalle Community School Partnership, the Foundation helps children at Nalle expand their horizons and build brighter futures through academic and cultural enrichment programs. Services range from an academic afterschool and summer program, to onsite mental health and social services for children and their families. High school equivalency (G.E.D.) classes are provided for parents. And computer labs and music classes are also available for students.