Through an intensive program of coaching and support, College Possible makes college graduation possible for low-income Omaha students. In Omaha, College Possible serves eight partner high schools across the metro area school districts. During the 2013-2014 academic year, the organization is slated to serve 1,390 students. These students include attendees to College Possible’s College Prep Talk workshops and high school juniors, seniors, and college students.
AmeriCorps members, who are recent college graduates, provide one-on-one and group guidance to low-income students through every stage of the college process. College Possible gives AmeriCorps members intensive, ongoing training and a structured curriculum to help them serve as full-time coaches to students in high school and college. Their commitment and dedication to the year-long term of service has provided outstanding results, and all members are fully supported by a full-time staff at College Possible. This organization believes in ripples, where every action toward the goal of college graduation sends out a small ripple of hope regarding the cause of education equity. College Possible members helped at least 85% of seniors earn admission to an institution of higher education and helped at least 85% apply for financial aid.
Recent and compelling data document the organization’s impact and can be found in a 2013 randomized controlled trial by Harvard Kennedy School Professor Dr. Christopher Avery. The study shows that College Possible has a significant positive effect on enrollment for low-income students into four-year colleges and universities. This program is the first college access organization to attempt a rigorous evaluation.
To read more about this program, see pages 28-29 of the Transforming Communities through Service Publication.