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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

1 JGuarton

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Project GRAD-Atlanta continues to be a leading organization for offering students the opportunity to attend college. I am an Account Executive at Atlanta Business Chronicle that works with nonprofits to build awareness to the community about their mission statements, goals, and needs. Year after year, Project GRAD-Atlanta is committed to keeping Atlanta's Influential Community members in-the-know about their success and contributions to these students! Awareness and support are critical and Project GRAD-Atlanta does a great job!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an Account Executive at Atlanta Business Chronicle that works with nonprofits to build awareness to the community about their mission statements, goals, and needs, I know the importance of making sure the corporate community is kept informed and engaged. Project GRAD Atlanta does a great and consistent job informing Atlanta about their success and the increasing amount of scholarships that are awarded. With their commitment to celebrating the graduates and thanking the supporters, they continue to grow and remain top of mind for support consideration. Great job to Project GRAD Atlanta!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have watched Project GRAD over the years as it has worked to make college possible for many students and gone even further to change the culture at schools to include college-going. Working with students who are already at college to help them be successful there is also a valuable part of what they do to prepare students for life. As a volunteer at two GRAD schools, I have seen the benefits first hand.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a marketing businessman and advertising designer, I have helped to tell the Project GRAD-Atlanta story and have become very familiar with it. As someone who has worked with other non profits, I have great respect for Project GRAD-Atlanta as an organization. Having worked for years in the field of education I value their mission and their contribution to young people in the city of Atlanta. I have witnessed their profound effect on countless young lives in our city.

1 Natasha7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Project GRAD Atlanta is making great progress with their work within the Atlanta Public Schools. The increase of the graduation rates since the existence of the organization is tremendous! Their ability to work with the students throughout high school and provide a scholarship to college, sets them apart from many other organizations. A major selling point is their continued support of the students once they enter college. Many organizations seek to get students there, Project GRAD Atlanta seeks to get students to college prepared, and go the distance to ensure they are successful once they arrive on campus! Kudos!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the past 11 years, I have worked directly with Project GRAD as a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools high schools served by GRAD and Summer Institute teacher. For the last four of these years, I have served as the GRAD Summer Institute Site Coordinator at our partner institution, Emory University. I have seen, through varied lenses, the deep and strategic impact that GRAD has had on the Atlanta Public Schools at the high school level. GRAD has greatly influenced students, parents, business/community leaders, administrators, teachers and higher education partners to be more focused on the foundational preparation needed to undergird the dream of going to college. GRAD is an effective, practical, and valuable reform within its target ausdience schools.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked directly with Project Grad to help increase awareness of programs focused on improving high school graduation rates and the success stories that come from such work. The Executive Director and staff at Project Grad are experts in their field, strategic thinkers and caring mentors. This program is truly making a difference in the lives of students. The results are measurable, apparent and worthy of mention. Project Grad is an important component of the Atlanta educational model and deserves continued financial support from the community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was conducting a study on science and mathematics teachers and was having trouble identifying teachers to participate. I sought the expertise and networks of PROJECT GRAD ATLANTA --and they delivered. The staff responded immediately to my needs, worked intensely to help identify teachers, contacted several teachers on my behalf and recruited them into my study. My study would not have been completed without the expertise and support of PROJECT GRAD ATLANTA. THANK YOU!!

3 Tracy23456

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the CEO/Founder of God's Hands & Feet Global Ministry, I've often witnessed non-profit programs that initially begin with the best of intentions and great fervor only to quickly start and burn out with little or no results left in their wake, especially as it pertains to the youth in the community and their education. When I first encountered Project Grad and was introduced to the Executive Director Dr. Yolanda Watson-Spiva, I was impressed by her and the staff of this program and their level of commitment and dedication to accomplishing the mission of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school and continue on their academic journey by entering college with clearly defined goals which will lead to successful completion of college as well.

2 Ansley Colby

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the CEO of GivingPoint, one of PROJECT GRAD ATLANTA's partners to increase volunteerism and keep student engaged in school and community. They are wonderful. Through our partnership we are helping more than 1,000 students get meaningful volunteer opportunities, lead social entrepreneurial projects, and create robust civic transcripts.