ACCESS works to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to achieve their dream of a higher education. Through strategic partnerships with high schools, community organizations and local universities, ACCESS raises awareness about college affordability, guides students and families through the financial aid process, and helps academically prepared students secure the resources they need to achieve a college degree. Since its founding in 1985, ACCESS has provided financial aid advising and scholarships to thousands of students, helping them realize their higher education goals and giving them a better foundation for a successful and productive future.
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The Education Resource Institute, MA – www.teri.org
TERI, The Education Resources Institute, Inc., has been awarded a grant of $150,000 by the Boston Foundation to continue its work for the Success Boston Initiative. The goal of Success Boston is to increase the number of Boston Public School (BPS) graduates completing two-and four-year degrees within three and five years. TERI is one of six Boston non-profit partners that support the city-wide initiative.
“This support from The Boston Foundation will enable TERI to continue its work supporting the success of BPS graduates in postsecondary education,” said Willis J. Hulings III, President and CEO of TERI. “We thank The Boston Foundation for providing strong leadership in the effort to get needy students into college and seeing that they complete their degrees.”
According to Hulings, TERI’s grant will be used to provide support and guidance to 100 Boston Public School graduates. TERI’s Success Boston services include: (1) Individual and small group support to BPS graduates on-campus at Bunker Hill Community College, Suffolk University, and UMass Boston; (2) Collaboration with campus personnel to expand services for BPS students; and (3) Assistance to students to overcome personal and academic barriers to college success and persistence.
Bottom Line, MA www.bottomline.org
Not long ago, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced the Success Boston initiative, a collaboration aiming to double the college completion rates of Boston Public Schools (BPS) graduates. After fourteen years of demonstrating that “Getting in is not good enough,” non-profit Bottom Line is now working alongside the Hyde Square Task Force, ACCESS, the Boston PIC, Freedom House, TERI, The Boston Foundation, the Boston Mayor’s Office, and the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to improve the outcomes of BPS students by providing them with the support they need to “get ready for, get in to, and get through college.” This pilot program has been supported by a $1 million per year commitment from the Boston Foundation. In the 2009-2010 school year, Bottom Line is providing personalized guidance to 625 high school seniors and 750 college students as they apply to and attend college. Bottom Line has quickly grown to support 25% of Boston’s college-bound population and continues to provide support to students attending local colleges for up to 6 years. Their efforts, joined with those of the other members of the Success Boston initiative, will increase the abysmal 36% college completion rate of BPS graduates, demonstrating an effective community-based model for college access and success services.
The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) is a public-private partnership that connects business, the Boston Public Schools, higher education, government, labor, and community organizations to create innovative workforce and education solutions.
The PIC is the connection between education and workforce, between school and career, and between classroom and the workplace. PIC initiatives thrive on the synergy created when business and community needs overlap. The result is a win-win situation: Businesses develop the workforce they need and Boston residents gain access to career opportunities and higher incomes.
Mission Possible! links low-income, at-risk youth with comprehensive resources they need to overcome a persistent achievement gap that leaves our city's students of color at an educational, economic and social disadvantage.