HOW WE WORK
When gaps in services are identified, action teams are formed, whereby three or more cross-sector partners reallocate resources and develop new ways to address those gaps.
Action teams have formed around the following interventions:
Summer Transition Action Team
supporting high school seniors from their senior spring to the minute they step onto campus the following fall. While 95% of HPS graduates are accepted into college, only 60% enroll in the year following. College students provide the near-peer outreach all summer long.
Campus Retention Action Team
for HPS grads who are freshmen at one of 8 local colleges who opt-in, upperclassmen mentors are assigned to help them navigate college with greater comfort and confidence. Mentors are urban high school grad themselves who have overcome their own challenges to stay in college.
LAUNCHING JANUARY 2020
At least two action teams will be launched in January of 2020 that will likely address the following opportunities:
- Bringing more private-sector advisors into the lives of high-school students;
- Training afterschool professionals on how to provide stronger academic support for high school students;
- Creating dual enrollment opportunities for high school students to experience college;
- Training and supporting current college-level advising staff on the current high-demand career pathways and what it takes for students to navigate them.
If you have an interest in helping flesh out any of these four ideas – or if you have other ideas – please reach out to us at [email protected].