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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project Grad is a program to BELIEVE IN! They truly do MAKE A DIFFERENCE! To work with them is an HONOR!

2 Demetri D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, I am a current student at Georgia State and Project Grad has given, not only me but fellows students a chance and opportunity to be a part of something great. Being an African-American Harpist, I was also offered to play at one of Project Grad Events, making myself more credible in my involvement with post secondary success. Project Grad and their member, Ms. Ann is a team I would love to tell the world about. This Scholarship Program really loves its students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen Project GRAD serve thousands of students of Atlanta in the Metropolitan area by providing them with guidance from teachers, fellow peers, and the Project GRAD staff. Each person who has worked with Project Grad has provided the students with support and education required to graduate and prepare for college. Through my experience with Project GRAD, I was able to help students who were just like myself when I was in school. I was able to show the leadership skills that I developed through my experience in college and spread the word of how I was made into the person who I am today with the help and determination of the Project GRAD staff. Thank you Project GRAD for providing opportunities for students in the Metropolitan area of Atlanta

Client Served

Rating: 5

Project GRAD continues to serve Metro-Atlanta students by providing the guidance, support and education required for students to move forward in the careers in life. Through my involvement with Project GRAD, I was able to visit my alma mater and spread word of how I was able to overcome various obstacles to get to were I am now. Without Project GRAD many of Metro-Atlanta students would not be provided the opportunity to visit various colleges and look beyond the boundaries of Atlanta. I thank Project GRAD for all the support they've given me and for the support they continue to provide to Atlanta's youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Brumley GRAD scholar, I was afforded the opportunity to work with many influential individuals, visit various colleges and receive motivation that kept me moving forward. Project GRAD Atlanta assisted me in completing my undergraduate studies at BU, I owe them the world for providing me with opportunities!!

1 Diamond P.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Project GRAD Atlanta is an amazing organization that offers students inner city schools with their present and future studies. Not only does this organization provide financial support to students but professional development and other opportunities as well. I am grateful for this program and would recommend each and every parent to allow their child to participate with this organization.

1

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Project GRAD Atlanta provides college access and success programming that makes a tangible difference in the lives of these students. Project GRAD Atlanta is making the collegiate dream a reality for students. Kudos!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Atlanta Public School system has been under much scrutiny since it was revealed in July 2011 there was evidence of a widespread cheating scandal, however it is important to remember that there are many, many outstanding students, teachers, administrators and supporters of the system who have not been involved and don't deserve to be dragged down as a result of some bad apples and a situation that continues to be fully investigated and rectified. A perfect example of both progress and success comes through the work the nonprofit Project GRAD Atlanta is doing. The organization is making a significant impact through its mission to engage in collaborative efforts with Atlanta Public Schools to increase the number of students graduating from high schools and colleges. Under the leadership of executive director Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva,
the number of Brumley-GRAD Scholars has increased by 55% the last three years, from 159 in 2008, to 289 in 2011. They have now awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to students to date, and the number of B-G Scholars has exceeded 1,750 total scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups who tend to be low-income and first-generation college students. This is an organization that needs to be recognized as a difference maker and clearly supports the premise that there is some extraordinary work being done by students enrolled in the Atlanta Public School system.