We are grateful that Project Grad is still supporting some of our APS schools. It would be great if this initiative could be in every school as the mission begins with our babies in elementary school. A great option to reach more parents within the District of APS and even to support them would be to connect with the Adult Literacy Center and PAPAC (District Wide Parent Center) and many having a office in these areas or possibly doing workshops with our school Parent Centers to help drive academic goals of the school. Great job thus far on taking our youth, schools and communities higher.
Project GRAD Atlanta has a passion and commitment to improve students’ academic success. It is the most comprehensive approach to increasing awareness to the idea of college enrollment that I have ever witnessed. They continue to establish creative strategies for addressing the identified needs of students from low-income backgrounds. Their partnership with Atlanta Public Schools has changed the lives of thousands of families and will make this city a better place for years to come. By helping students and parents understand the importance of college, they are changing the world. Now each year, hundreds of low-income students appreciate that college is realistic option.
When I first encountered Project GRAD Atlanta, I was pleasantly surprised by the programs and initiatives, which they offered their students. The students they server not only receive support and guidance throughout high school, they are continuously supported until they graduate college. As a college graduate and an educator, I understand the importance of such support, and the value it provides for their students. Understanding this and seeing the ultimate impact of such support, I fully endorse and support Project GRAD Atlanta and the work that they do without hesitation.
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!!
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!!
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.
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.
Project GRAD Atlanta has impacted my life beyond what I could have ever imagined. I have had many opportunities to grow and achieve my goals both personal and professional. Though, I had already earned an associate's degree several years before knowing about Project GRAD, the amazing work and impact on they made on the community, inspired me to return to college. Since that time, I have accomplished several goals, including earning a bachelor's degree and a job promotion.
I am a social worker and first came into contact with Project Grad Atlanta because of my career. This program has helped all the students that I know who have been apart of it! The staff always seems so knowledgeable and shows genuine concern for the students.
Project GRAD Atlanta works! The proof is in the outcomes and the data that support these outcomes. More students from Project GRAD high schools are graduating from high school, enrolling in 2- and 4-year colleges, and then graduating from college with options for further study and career mobility. Project GRAD Atlanta offers students hope that their dreams of college can be fulfilled, then outlines a pathway, with a compass, for how they can actually get there and be successful. That's the definition of a great nonprofit working on behalf of students!
Project GRAD Atlanta is one of the best non-profits that I have had the experience of working with. I have seen Project GRAD Atlanta touch the lives of countless students, parents, and teachers by exposing everyone to different things. For example, I have seen students benefit by being exposed to out of state college tours and college rep. visits. I have seen parents benefit by being exposed to other parents who have experienced the process of having a first generation college going studnet go off to college. Last but not least I have seen teachers benefit by being exposed to a new curriculum and way of veiwing our inner city youth as it relates to the possibilities of going to experience post secondary options. Project GRAD really achives Dreams and I have been witness to so many dreams come true during my experience with Project GRAD Atlanta.
I first became aware of Project GRAD in 2003. I went on my first Walk For Success at South Atlanta High school. It was a chilly Saturday morning, as we knocked on the doors of ninth graders, introducing the opportunity to sign the GRAD scholarship covenant so they could earn the $4,000 GRAD Scholarship. Up and down Jonesboro Rd. we knocked on doors and stood in the living rooms of families encouraging the student and parent to sign the document. I was impressed then, but since then, I am much more familiar and I am hooked! Project GRAD is THE local leader in college readiness. Their program is unique because of their holistic attempt to provide students and their parents with college readiness. They do not select only the top students and their scholarships may be used at any accredited college around the nation. They serve a population that is primarily first generation college bound students and for many families GRAD is their first exposure to college.
Without question, Project GRAD Atlanta has helped the Atlanta Public Schools make an impact the needle on college awareness, readiness, and college enrollment.
As the coordinator of the Early College Program at Georgia State University, I have had the privilege of working with Project GRAD for close to five years. Over the years, they have proven to be supportive to the Early College students in the students' efforts to successfully earn college credits while in high school as well as take part in study abroad opportunities. Project GRAD has consistently paid for Carver Early College and Washington Early College students to take a 2-credit course at GSU in conjunction with their study aborad trips. This class represents the students' entry into college-level courses within a small, nonthreatening, and supportive environment. Additionally, Project GRAD has supported two Saturday Academies at GSU in support of the Early College program. Once again their support allowed the students the opportunity to enter GSU girded with the proper academic and social preparation. Project GRAD has proven to be an invaluable partner to and supporter of the GSU/Early College program.
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!!
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.
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 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!!
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 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.