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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Larry S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.