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: , , , , and . 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 , which offers services and activities designed to develop academic skills and effective study habits and reinforce high standards and accountability; , which aims to provide students with the opportunities, resources, and tools to explore their passions and constructively engage in their communities; , which guides students in all aspects of the college admissions process and helps them find scholarships; and , 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 a student application, to volunteer, browse College Track and their , , and subscribe to the organization's quarterly . The site also features a , a , and a page.
Support for College Track is provided by corporations, foundations, and individuals.