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Many consider the inequity in college attainment to be the civil rights issue of our time. Despite the millions of dollars and the proliferation of programs, regulations, initiatives, and expensive interventions, some, but not much, progress has been made in the college graduation rates for low-income students. In 1970, 6 percent of students from low-income communities finished college. In 2013 – 43 years later – that number was only 9 percent.
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In low-income communities across America, College Summit activates a dormant asset—the power of positive peer influence—by fielding teams of high school juniors and seniors who lead their peers to enroll in college equipped with the tools to succeed.
Amazing work is being done in the New Profit community every day! Here are some recent highlights from our game changing organizations, partners, and friends.
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