To increase high school graduation, college eligibility and enrollment, and college graduation rates among communities underrepresented in higher education.
About the Organization:
After discovering a need for a comprehensive afterschool program to help low-income teens prepare for college and success beyond graduation, Laurene Powell Jobs and Carlos Watson launched College Track in 1997. Since its inception, the organization has grown from serving a cohort of twenty-five students at Carlmont High School in Belmont, California, to supporting over twelve hundred high school and college students in five cities: East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Aurora, Colorado. Research has found that 100 percent of College Track seniors graduate from high school, more than 90 percent of its students are admitted to a four-year university, and 75 percent are enrolled or have graduated from university, compared to the national college graduation rate of 22 percent.
College Track's core service areas are Academic Affairs, which offers services and activities designed to develop academic skills and effective study habits and reinforce high standards and accountability; Student Life, which aims to provide students with the opportunities, resources, and tools to explore their passions and constructively engage in their communities; College Affairs, which guides students in all aspects of the college admissions process and helps them find scholarships; and College Success, which provides college students with academic advising and help finding financial aid. The organization believes that by providing a continuum of services to students, they are more likely to be fully prepared to succeed in a college environment — and beyond.
Visitors to the College Track site can download a student application, sign-up to volunteer, browse College Track student profiles and their art, find alumni resources, and subscribe to the organization's quarterly e-bulletin. The site also features a blog, a calendar of events, and a "results" page.
Support for College Track is provided by corporations, foundations, and individuals.