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September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

Collegetracks changes lives because it gives students the opportunity to attend college and fulfill their dreams. Ten years ago when my children entered high school, not every child was encouraged to stive for a college prep curriculum. It was obvious that the students left behind were in a different socioeconomic situation. Many came from other countries and had no idea how to approach the American college application process let alone apply for financial aid. These are the resources that Collegetracks provides in a one-to-one setting that is supportive and encouraging to all. It has been hugely successfull and now hundreds of students in Montgomery County are making it to college who may never had had the opportunity.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the numbers and diversity of students who have been positively affected.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

I've worked with well over 300 organizations. College Tracks ranks among the most impactful and least egotistical - it will do whatever it needs to do to have the biggest impact in terms of helping more kids go to college and be successful in their college experience. On a more macro level, it's actually created an awareness and a movement around a cause -- bringing sector leaders on board (from education, govt and business) to 'own the cause' and create long-term change in the community.

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Have watched this organization 'grow-up'... from a few passionate and caring individuals to become a movement within Montgomery Co... with more students in programs and more funding for more programs.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

I started volunteering at College Tracks because I realized, from my own parenting experience, that you need an involved, experienced and concerned adult to get through the complicated process of applying to college. College Tracks is the most rewarding volunteer experience that I have had--the students are motivated, appreciative, and we know that college makes a huge difference in a person's life. Nancy Leopold, the founding Executive Director is brilliant; and the staff is caring, smart, empathic and creative. I have also participated as a volunteer in a newly created College Success program because the staff understands that the students also need support once they get accepted to college and through their college experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The most tangible results are that first generation and low income students are given a chance to go to college--there is an overwhelming success rate both in admissions and financial aid for terrific students.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

direct opportunities to assist terrific students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing--smart, empathic, patient, motivated, and creative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand into other schools and jurisdictions. Follow the students more closely during college.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

If this wonderful organization could be duplicated in every school and every city, a college education would become accessible to many more of those students who have not dared dream of the possibility of attending a college or university or of being able to afford to go. The staff and volunteers work one-on-one with students and their families by guiding them through the college application and scholarship search process. In addition to helping students gain access to a college education, there are programs that help guide students once they have been accepted and enrolled. Students all know that they will find help and support at College Tracks.

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I was a former ESOL teacher who has sent all my students to College Tracks. One of my former students told me on his graduation day, "I can't believe that I will be able to go to college. My parents had to drop out of elementary school."

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

There are many players in the field of education non-profits. CollegeTracks is effective in ways few others are. PrepMatters happily supports teh organization with both time and money, for the staff and volunteers of CollegeTracks people are demonstrably improving college access and changing outcomes for hundreds of students every year.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching kids gain admission to remarkable places of higher education who, without the help they received, would have settled for the meagerest of options.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching kids gain access to educational opportunities seemingly closed to them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, knowledgable and effective.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Transform the lives of tens of thousands of kids who remain hidden to colleges in America.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

This wonderful organization provides support with a big smile, for any junior or senior at BCC high school who wants to even think about going on to college. We help students explore colleges and find financial help, and help keep them "on track" with all the applications and deadlines. And now there are follow-up workshops and other resources to help students make it through college. Extremely well organized and well managed, with wonderful staff who make all the students and volunteers feel special.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the attitudes of students change from "who, me?" to "I can do this!" Hearing a student consult with the College Tracks director about which of her top schools she should accept. The supportive environment, with students encouraging each other.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to know the wonderful staff, volunteers, and terrific students!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, well-organized, thoughtful, ready to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Establish similar programs in 100 schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I have known about CollegeTracks work in the community since their inception and the impact they make daily on the lives of students and families in our community who don't have the expertise to get to college and find enough money to attend once accepted. CollegeTracks has a unique model of recruiting and working with students who can sometimes slip through the cracks in the system. This model works for our community and ensures that students working with CollegeTracks meet every milestone necessary to get the best opportunities available. CollegeTracks also has an innovative way of individualizing the college access process, therefore students don't feel as if they are cogs in a factory chain.

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I know specific students who have gotten to college and through college with the help of CollegeTracks. They are a supportive organization that sees through every student they work with.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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