Project Grad-Atlanta Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   50 reviews

Issues: Education

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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Rating: 5 stars  

What a great organization with a great mission to help high school students prepare for and succeed in college! I am proud to be part of this successful and worthwhile organization that is making a difference in thousands of lives.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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I have been a board member for about a year and continue to be impressed with the both the board and the executive leadership. The meetings are crisp and the say/do index of the organization is high. Real impacts on the lives of children are taking place.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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I've gotten to know the work of Project GRAD Atlanta very well the last couple of years as a volunteer and Board member and could not be more impressed with this organization and all it is doing to move the needle when it comes to impacting the lives of young people and the work they are doing in the classroom on the path to high school and college graduation. This is an organization that doesn't just talk the talk, they act every single day while working with a broad range of aspiring students and show the fruits of their labor with exceptional metrics. The bottom line is Project GRAD is having an enormous effect on the lives of hundreds of young people in Atanta every year. The staff is topnotch, led by executive director Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva, one of the most accomplished educators in Atlanta.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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Having served on the Project grad board for more than 3-years, I can truly state with confidence, that Project Grad is an outstanding provider of opportunity for young people wanting to further their education. Project Grad's mission and purpose is helping youth tp dream beyond their borders and to make those powerful dreams to become their reality. The staff and volunteers at Project grad are dedidcated seasoned professionals, who in addition to being hardworking are caring and principled individuals working to get kids through college.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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I have served on the Project GRAD Board for more than five years and each has been a very rewarding experience. This is a very important organization because it makes differences that are sorely needed. Students who are unlikely to succeed under normal circumstances are able to do so because of what Project GRAD does. Graduation and matriculation rates have increased because of Project GRAD and so has the inspiration to achieve along with the belief by students that they can. It is a critically important post-secondary readiness program that deserves extensive support.

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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I have been a Board member of GRAD for five yerars now, serving as Chair for two years. In my experience, GRAD has both a terrific mission and staff committed to executing that mission. It sets assessable goals and does an excellent job measuring its progress against those goals. Worthy of all our support.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with GRAD Atlanta for several years now and have always been impressed by their commitment to our children and their success in navigating turbulent times. One criticism I have had of certain non-profits over the years is that always want to do more but never look at roles thay have served that are being served better by others or whose time has passed. That has never been the case for GRAD. They are constantly examining and re-examining the work they do. GRAD is extremely worthy of our support.

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

my role as university president and through my work with public school students in Atlanta.

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

find ways to take their model which has been so successful in select schools and expand it throughout the district.

 
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I have been involved with Project GRAD as a board member for just under a year. My company is also an active financial contributor to the organization. It has been a priviledge to witness the committment and expertise of the Project GRAD board at work in making real and measurable impact on the lives of students in the Atlanta School District.

 
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I have been involved with project Grad for a couple of years. I have found this organization to be totally committed in its efforts in assisting students to graduate high school and obtain a college degree. The staff is hardworking and dedicated and maximize the dollars that are entrusted to its care for the better of the students and parenst they serve.

Congratulations on a job well done!

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2011

 
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Project GRAD Atlanta has true commitment to its core mission of providing guidance, support, and incentives to public school students in under-served and under-resourced neighborhoods to ensure that those students have a real shot at not just graduating from high school but also succeeding in college afterwards. Unfortunately, Project GRAD Atlanta has directly suffered from the problems and challenges faced by APS and the current economic downturn. Project GRAD Atlanta has overcome these challenges through creative commitment to its mission and its participants -- at the sacrifice of its very committed staff. Project GRAD Atlanta is really an example of that saying "They have done so much with so little for so long that they can now do the impossible with nothing." Imagine what this dedicated and focused non-profit could do when fully resourced.

 
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