PROJECT GRAD-ATLANTA INC

Rating: 4.96 stars   50 reviews

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Location: 260 Peachtree Street Suite 402 Atlanta GA 30303 USA

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.
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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!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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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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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.

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

By working with the Executive Director and staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them obtain more funding so they could serve more students.

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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!!

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

My research.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their funding!

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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.

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

I've witnessed first hand how Project Grad has provided youth in the community of Atlanta with education, information, intervention, and pathway to success as it pertains to graduating from high school and matriculating at a college of their choice!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I made to this program is that I'd launch it nationwide in cities across the United States with the highest high school dropout rates as I'm positive that Project Grad has the capability of becoming a change agent that would insure that those rates would decrease and we'd see an increase in high school graduates as well as college entry rates!

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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.

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

in encouraging and helping at-risk students stay in school and give back to their community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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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!!

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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As an Account Executive at Atlanta Business Chronicle, I work with a lot of nonprofit accounts. It is great working with Project GRAD Atlanta as they share their mission, community impact, and success of their Brumley-GRAD Scholarships to over 1,400 graduates to further the GREAT work that they do by raising awareness to corporate Atlanta & those who can help with their efforts! Improving Education opportunities is incredibly important! Project GRAD Atlanta contributes to impacting Atlanta's college enrollment and graduation rates! Fantastic!

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

Continuing to see them celebrate & promote their success in providing scholarships every year with the support of the Atlanta Community and Corporations!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

(nothing really, but...continue to ensure marketing budget to keep Atlanta informed and keep support opportunities top of mind!)

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