Our Model

Because every child deserves the possibility that come from a college education

Project GRAD’s array of programs and services are designed to increase access to, readiness for, and graduation from college. In fact, Project GRAD Scholars graduate from college at a rate three times higher than their national peers.

In drawing upon the current research and our fifteen-years of experience, Project GRAD has crafted an innovative model for college success that is specifically-designed to help first-generation, low-income, Latino students.

Highly trained Project GRAD Advisors are embedded in seven high schools, championing the college aspirations of all students with workshops and individual college counseling, while working intensely with hundreds of students providing the social emotional competencies, college knowledge, and academic tools needed to ensure college success.


The College Readiness Initiative directly serves students and families at the secondary level to improve academic performance; increase competencies that prepare students for college rigor; and engage the entire family in college success. The heart of the model involves one-on-one advising and coaching, complemented by after-school "College Success Skills" classes taken throughout the academic year.

The program also includes successive Summer College Institutes held at local college campuses where students can earn college credit; a Residency College Institute for "rising" seniors; a Student Leadership Club and community service opportunities; college tours; academic tutoring; PSAT and SAT prep; individual assistance with completing college applications and personal statements; financial aid workshops and assistance completing the FAFSA; and a Bridge to College program for college-bound seniors.


The College Success Initiative is Project GRAD’s persistence program for College Scholars. The College Success Initiative was designed to address what research indicates are the four most common barriers for first-generation college students to graduate from college: academic preparedness; accessing resources; connection to campus life; and affordability.

The program includes the Project GRAD scholarship ($500-$5,000 a year); one-on-one meetings with Project GRAD Advisors; cohort meetings twice a semester; and a peer mentoring program in which thriving Junior and Senior Project GRAD College Scholars help support the academic and social success of Freshmen and Sophomores.


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published this page in What We Do 2012-08-08 13:15:17 -0700