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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: The mission of Project GRAD Atlanta is to collaborate with the Atlanta Public Schools in order to increase the number of students graduating from high school and college.

Results: Project GRAD Atlanta has successfully impacted high school graduation rates by helping students and their families understand that college is attainable. As a result of GRAD’s proliferation of a college-bound culture, more than 2,000 Brumley-GRAD Scholarship recipients have earned the opportunity to attend two-year and four-year colleges across the country. Project GRAD Atlanta is proud to be a scholarship-granting nonprofit organization that has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to date.

Programs: College access: to expand the program services of project grad atlanta (pga) in the atlanta public schools to provide students enrolled in five additional high school; douglas, jackson, mays, therrell, and best academy with the opportunity to receive college access support services in the form of college advisement.

college readiness: the mission of the college programing department is to provide programs and opportunities for students enrolled in project grad atlanta high schools (grades 9-12) within the atlanta public schools by engaging students and parents in activities that foster positive attitudes, academic achievement, college preparation, access to financial resources; therefore promoting high school graduation, college enrollment, and college graduation. The specific goals of college readiness are: 90% of entering freshman graduating in four years; 60% of graduating class earning the dr. George w. Brumley, jr. -project grad scholarship; and 80% of brumley-grad scholars enrolled in college within the first year. The project grad atlanta high school programming department is to provide project grad high schools with college readiness programs, workshops, college tours, sat or act preparatory classes, tutoring and academic support, college admissions workshops, financial aid and scholarship assistance for students and parents, summer institutes for commuter and residential sites, summer enrichment program referrals, and provides additional financial support for school initiatives to include professional development for staff. In addition, the curriculum develops and promotes student-centered activities which help project grad students with the college application and preparation processes and foster high school graduation, academic achievement, career development, parental involvement and college attendance. An essential part of college readiness is promoting the brumley-grad scholarship for students who maintain an overall 78 or above numeric grade average, complete requisite college preparatory courses, attend two (2) summer institutes, and graduate from a project grad feeder high school on time (within four (4) years). Successful students who meet these criteria earn up to four (4) years of scholarship support to attend an accredited 2- or 4- year college or state-approved technical school of their choice anywhere in the united states. As of june 30, 2015, 170 project grad scholars from the class of 2015 qualified for the $4,000. 00 brumley-grad scholarship.

scholar support: the college programming department assists project grad senior scholars with their decision to attend college and make a successful transition from high school to college. In an effort to foster this change, during the summer of 2015, for the first time, the college programming department will offer a "summer melt workshop" to encourage all brumley-grad scholars slated to attend college for fall semester, to follow-through with those plans. Brumley-grad scholars who successfully complete high school and attend college are provided various forms of personal and group assistance in becoming responsible college students who successfully graduate from college. With a goal of fifty percent of brumley-grad scholars completing college at the associate or bachelor degree level, the initiatives of the college programming department impact college students' persistence. College programming works to ensure the success of the brumley-grad scholars enrolled in college. In 2014-2015, 887 brumley-grad scholars were enrolled in a postsecondary institution at some point during the year. Additionally, brumley-grad scholars enrolled in college, are provided $500 scholarships for up to eight semesters, to help defray tuition expenses. In fy2015 project grad atlanta disbursed $444,512 in scholarship funds. Additionally, eight (8) brumley-grad scholars were employed as teacher assistants to serve in the classrooms and share their experiences with the high school students that participated in the 2015 college institute.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are grateful that Project Grad is still supporting some of our APS schools. It would be great if this initiative could be in every school as the mission begins with our babies in elementary school. A great option to reach more parents within the District of APS and even to support them would be to connect with the Adult Literacy Center and PAPAC (District Wide Parent Center) and many having a office in these areas or possibly doing workshops with our school Parent Centers to help drive academic goals of the school. Great job thus far on taking our youth, schools and communities higher.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project GRAD Atlanta has a passion and commitment to improve students’ academic success. It is the most comprehensive approach to increasing awareness to the idea of college enrollment that I have ever witnessed. They continue to establish creative strategies for addressing the identified needs of students from low-income backgrounds. Their partnership with Atlanta Public Schools has changed the lives of thousands of families and will make this city a better place for years to come. By helping students and parents understand the importance of college, they are changing the world. Now each year, hundreds of low-income students appreciate that college is realistic option.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first encountered Project GRAD Atlanta, I was pleasantly surprised by the programs and initiatives, which they offered their students. The students they server not only receive support and guidance throughout high school, they are continuously supported until they graduate college. As a college graduate and an educator, I understand the importance of such support, and the value it provides for their students. Understanding this and seeing the ultimate impact of such support, I fully endorse and support Project GRAD Atlanta and the work that they do without hesitation.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project GRAD Atlanta has impacted my life beyond what I could have ever imagined. I have had many opportunities to grow and achieve my goals both personal and professional. Though, I had already earned an associate's degree several years before knowing about Project GRAD, the amazing work and impact on they made on the community, inspired me to return to college. Since that time, I have accomplished several goals, including earning a bachelor's degree and a job promotion.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker and first came into contact with Project Grad Atlanta because of my career. This program has helped all the students that I know who have been apart of it! The staff always seems so knowledgeable and shows genuine concern for the students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project GRAD Atlanta works! The proof is in the outcomes and the data that support these outcomes. More students from Project GRAD high schools are graduating from high school, enrolling in 2- and 4-year colleges, and then graduating from college with options for further study and career mobility. Project GRAD Atlanta offers students hope that their dreams of college can be fulfilled, then outlines a pathway, with a compass, for how they can actually get there and be successful. That's the definition of a great nonprofit working on behalf of students!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful, wonderful opportunity for rising seniors to begin the college app process, ehance math skills and become proficient in Language Arts. I had all-men classes on the historic Morehouse campus. A wonderful experience for those young men. Project GRAD Atlanta--the BEST.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project GRAD Atlanta is one of the best non-profits that I have had the experience of working with. I have seen Project GRAD Atlanta touch the lives of countless students, parents, and teachers by exposing everyone to different things. For example, I have seen students benefit by being exposed to out of state college tours and college rep. visits. I have seen parents benefit by being exposed to other parents who have experienced the process of having a first generation college going studnet go off to college. Last but not least I have seen teachers benefit by being exposed to a new curriculum and way of veiwing our inner city youth as it relates to the possibilities of going to experience post secondary options. Project GRAD really achives Dreams and I have been witness to so many dreams come true during my experience with Project GRAD Atlanta.

Alvin G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Project GRAD in 2003. I went on my first Walk For Success at South Atlanta High school. It was a chilly Saturday morning, as we knocked on the doors of ninth graders, introducing the opportunity to sign the GRAD scholarship covenant so they could earn the $4,000 GRAD Scholarship. Up and down Jonesboro Rd. we knocked on doors and stood in the living rooms of families encouraging the student and parent to sign the document. I was impressed then, but since then, I am much more familiar and I am hooked! Project GRAD is THE local leader in college readiness. Their program is unique because of their holistic attempt to provide students and their parents with college readiness. They do not select only the top students and their scholarships may be used at any accredited college around the nation. They serve a population that is primarily first generation college bound students and for many families GRAD is their first exposure to college.

Without question, Project GRAD Atlanta has helped the Atlanta Public Schools make an impact the needle on college awareness, readiness, and college enrollment.

Tene D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the coordinator of the Early College Program at Georgia State University, I have had the privilege of working with Project GRAD for close to five years. Over the years, they have proven to be supportive to the Early College students in the students' efforts to successfully earn college credits while in high school as well as take part in study abroad opportunities. Project GRAD has consistently paid for Carver Early College and Washington Early College students to take a 2-credit course at GSU in conjunction with their study aborad trips. This class represents the students' entry into college-level courses within a small, nonthreatening, and supportive environment. Additionally, Project GRAD has supported two Saturday Academies at GSU in support of the Early College program. Once again their support allowed the students the opportunity to enter GSU girded with the proper academic and social preparation. Project GRAD has proven to be an invaluable partner to and supporter of the GSU/Early College program.