Resources and related links

The international organization Boys Hope Girls Hope helps children in need meet their potential with residential and afterschool programs that provide comprehensive college preparation and support.

One Goal is a national program dedicated to helping at-risk students get into and graduate from college. In communities where students typically have a 9% chance of graduating from college, 82% of OneGoal Fellows are enrolling in college and 78% are persisting in college or have graduated.

In an effort to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete college, College Advising Corps places well-trained, recent college graduates from 24 partner programs as full-time college advisers in high schools across the U.S.

A partner of GreatSchools, Learning Heroes is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping parents understand how they can support their child’s education. Find their “readiness roadmap” here.

While nine in 10 parents believe their child is at or above grade level in reading and math, only about a third of kids are performing at grade level.

More high school students are graduating, but they aren’t being prepared for college.

When high school GPAs drift higher and SAT scores don’t, it’s an indicator of grade inflation.

Why your 9th grader’s GPA matters.

Here’s how to support your child when they’ll be the first in the family to go to college.

Check out this list of other organizations that offer support for first-generation college students.

This episode of Like a Sponge was produced by Carol Lloyd and Charity Ferreira for GreatSchools, thanks to the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Sound editing and design by Christopher Ferreira. Special thanks to our managing editor, Jessica Kelmon; Bibb Hubbard; Claudia Medina; Lessly Ruiz; Darren Tuggle; Amy Lee; and Stephanie de la Cruz.
The music in this episode is by Johann Strauss II, Peter Sandberg, Gunnar Johnsén, Elias Naslin, Calexico, and D-Boyz.



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