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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Project GRAD Atlanta is impact in action!!! I have donated to the organization for the past 8 years and have watched the impact of the organization grow as my annual donations have increased. The organization retains meticulous documentation and data on program participation and outcomes, and I have always received proactive updates on the programming, mission, values, and vision of the organization. It's also amazing how well the organization has adapted to the needs of the Atlanta Public Schools, the city of Atlanta, as well as national trends in college readiness, access, and success. The organization is fiscally-conservative and nimble, which is a testament to the organization's visionary and capable leadership. Any time I have requested a meeting with the ED to find out about how my and others' donations are being utilized, I have been responded to immediately and without hesitation, and all of my questions have been answered. I have also witnessed feedback and ideas that I and others have offered to the organization being infused into the work of the organization, demonstrating respect and malleability as it relates to the organization's openness to new ideas. I recommend support for this organization on every level! As a matter of fact, writing this review reminds me that it's time for me to donate again for the 2014 fiscal year. I'm going online right now to do so! It's true...Graduation Really Achieves Dreams!

Donor

Rating: 5

As a provider of in-kind technical services to Project GRAD Atlanta for a number of years, I am continually impressed by their unwavering commitment to and appreciation of the students they serve and support. Despite the financial challenges they face, the Scholar Support team, supported by and often in addition to the administration, fosters and maintains relationships with each individual student. The Project GRAD Atlanta team expends their personal, too often unreimbursed time and energies into programs and activities, simply because they understand that it is unreasonable to expect success from students without consistently and substantially investing in them. It is an honor to be able to support Project GRAD Atlanta.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a provider of in-kind technical services to Project GRAD Atlanta for a number of years, I have worked with the team members remotely - via telephone and e-mail. Earlier this year, for the first time, I had the opportunity to visit their offices and work with some of the team members on-site. While I had always found the staff to be very professional our dealings on technical projects, I was significantly more impressed by not only the way in which they regard one another, but more importantly, the commitment to and appreciation of the students they serve and support. Despite the financial challenges they face, the Scholar Support team, supported by - and apparently often in addition to - the administration fosters and maintains relationships with each individual student. They put their personal, too often unreimbursed time and energies into programs and activities because they understand that it is unreasonable to expect success from their students without consistently and substantially investing in those students.