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Bolstering Low-Income Student Success
Improving student success requires city-, county-, and state-wide initiatives reaching across sectors and governmental silos to support young people. CommunicationWorks has:
- Successfully released and promoted national studies that identify what students know and need to know, and how well the nation is making progress in student achievement and supporting underserved students and their families.
- Sparked local and national awareness for the first citywide model in the United States (Say Yes to Education) to provide all public school students free college tuition and comprehensive supports to succeed in school and college.
- Developed ambitious plans to launch city- and state-wide efforts aimed at stemming the dropout problem and improving college- and career-readiness.
- Raised awareness for breakthrough strategies that provide low-income students the necessary resources, services, supports, and rigorous academics to help them complete high school and earn college, graduate, and professional degrees.
- Led communications for the past three national education summits, and managed communications for coalitions of education and business leaders and civil-rights groups seeking to transform federal policy.
Say Yes to Education, Inc. is a national, non-profit education foundation committed to dramatically increasing high school and college graduation rates for our nation's inner-city youth.
Say Yes provides comprehensive supports, including the promise of a full college or vocational education, aligned with what research indicates is needed to enable every child in the program to achieve his or her potential.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 and is steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,100 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.
The Council of the Great City Schools is the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools. Composed of 65 large city school districts, its mission is to promote the cause of urban schools and to advocate for innercity students through legislation, research and media relations. The organization also provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information, and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth.
The Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) was founded in 2008 to address issues of educational opportunity, access, equity, and diversity in the United States and internationally. SCOPE engages faculty from across Stanford and from other universities to work on a shared agenda of research, policy analysis, educational practice, and dissemination of ideas to improve quality and equality of education from early childhood through college. SCOPE is an affiliate of the Stanford University School of Education and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) at Stanford.
The Making Waves Foundation was launched more than 20 years ago to provide students from underserved communities beginning in fifth grade through college with teaching, tutoring, transportation, nutrition, mental health services, parent/guardian education, test prep, college counseling, and financial aid assistance. Research confirms that this holistic approach yields better results in schools and colleges. Through its history, Making Waves has graduated 98.5 percent of students who enter high school. Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) of Wave-Makers have graduated from four-year colleges, increasingly at some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges.
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"This is a firm with deep, substantive knowledge, integrity, and a passionate commitment to improve the lives of low-income young people and the communities where they live."
Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey
Say Yes To Education, Inc.