In October we launched our Stories of Impact series, lifting up best practices and innovative initiatives that are making a notable difference for kids in our community. This summer we’ll continue to share the stories of teachers, parents, nonprofits, businesses, faith-based organizations, and community members dedicating their time and resources to help children realize their full potential.
To ensure our region has the talent to meet demands of the local economy, it is critical for students to earn postsecondary degrees. However, only 66 percent of Dallas County students currently even begin postsecondary education.
This month’s Story of Impact features the Uplift Education charter school network’s Road to College program that is proving to make all the difference for students who have been historically left out of the college-going conversation.
Many of Uplift’s seniors are from minority, lower-income families and will be the first in their family to attend college, yet 100 percent of Uplift graduates have been accepted to college every year since the school’s first graduating class in 2004.
Watch the video below to see the Road to College program in action and hear from Uplift counselors and their students. In the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing a written case study detailing each of the program’s components.
We aren’t the only ones noticing the great things going on at Uplift! This spring our local ABC station, WFAA-TV, featured the success of Uplift Education’s college advising program: From Inner-City to Ivy League: College is goal for Dallas charter schools.