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Education and Academic Support / College Readiness and Retention

Row New York

In 2016, the foundation continued its support for Row New York, an outcomes-driven sports and college prep program. Row New York serves sixth- through 12th-grade students from under-resourced high schools with year-round programming through a blend of competitive rowing and individualized academic support. Youth participate in Regents test prep, a seven-week SAT prep course during the summer, career development activities, and college visits. They receive one-on-one assistance with the college and financial aid application process and assistance with recruitment to college rowing teams. The organization does not screen based on academic performance; however, once admitted to the program, students with a GPA below 80 percent focus exclusively on grade improvement by engaging in tutoring and small-group academic instruction. Among the high school classes from 2011 through 2014, 94 percent of participants are persisting in college.

In addition to supporting Row New York’s college readiness programming, the foundation has partnered with SeaChange Capital Partners to assist in assessing options for increasing Row New York’s capacity through a new boathouse. The new space, which will house the organization’s headquarters, will better position Row New York to achieve its ultimate goal of providing comprehensive on-site programming that will reach more youth.