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Signature Initiatives

Program Replications to New York

The foundation seeks strategic opportunities to support the expansion of promising out-of-state programs to New York, and has funded the replication of the following programs.

QuestBridge

The foundation funded the replication of the Los Angeles-based QuestBridge Scholars program to New York City. The program is designed to recruit, develop, and support motivated low-income high school students with the potential to attend the most selective colleges. This initiative works to solve the “under-matching” crisis, which remains prevalent, with less than five percent of students at the nation’s most selective schools representing the nation’s lowest economic quarter, while the vast majority of talented low-income students do not apply to schools that match their abilities.

Among QuestBridge Scholars, 72 percent are first-generation college-bound, 95 percent matriculate at college, and degree attainment among participants at top tier colleges ranges from 90 to 100 percent.

Global Glimpse

The foundation supported Global Glimpse, an education program founded in the San Francisco Bay area that targets high-potential high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods and focuses on leadership development, community service, and globalization education. Read More

Reading Partners

Reading Partners (RPNY), a program that helps children become lifelong readers through individualized instruction that demands measurable results. Read More

Bottom Line

Bottom Line provides low-income and first-generation college students with one-on-one guidance throughout the college application process, as well as during and after college. The foundation supported Bottom Line to replicate their successful Boston-based model to New York City. Read More

CollegeSpring

CollegeSpring is a California-based college counseling and SAT prep program customized to meet the needs of low-income students. Through its partnership model, CollegeSpring provides grade-wide intervention during the academic year for eleventh-grade students and serves a portion of 11th– and 12th-grade students during a summer session. Read More

OneGoal

In collaboration with the Edwin Gould Foundation  and Arbor Brothers, who are providing a combination of technical assistance, incubation office space, and other capacity-building services, the foundation provided support for OneGoal  to replicate its program to New York City. Read More

uAspire

Through a collaborative funding initiative with the  Edwin Gould Foundation the foundation provided a first-time grant to uAspire (formerly known as ACCESS), which has 30 years of experience demonstrating that providing financial information and guidance lowers financial barriers to higher education.