Youth Development

Partnership Scholars Program

  • El Segundo, CA
  • www.partnershipscholarsprogram.org

Mission Statement

We provide six years of educational and cultural experiences for academically motivated but economically disadvantaged students, starting in the 7th grade, to promote college access and a lifetime of success.

We serve students in seven communities across California. In southern California, we work with students from El Monte, Hawthorne, Lennox and the Palms area of Los Angeles. In northern California, we serve students in Fort Bragg, Mendocino and Ukiah.

Main Programs

  1. Scholars Program
Service Areas

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California

We serve students in seven communities attending over 20 schools across California. In southern California, we work with students from El Monte, Hawthorne, Lennox and the Palms area of Los Angeles. In northern California, we serve students in Fort Bragg, Mendocino and Ukiah.

ruling year

2002

Executive Director since 2014

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Ms. Lisa Ruben

Keywords

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Los Angeles and Mendocino Counties

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EIN

03-0433957

 Number

8251247561

Physical Address

c/o Lennox Middle School 11033 Buford Avenue, Room 307

Lennox, CA 90304

Also Known As

Partnership Scholars, PSP

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For each of the past three years, 99% of PSP graduating scholars have graduated high school having completed a college prep curriculum. Notably, 90% of PSP graduates directly enroll in a four-year college or university for the semester following their graduation, as compared to a national rate of just 37% for similarly low-income students. The remaining graduates have enrolled in two year colleges with the intent of ultimately earning a degree from a four-year institution. Furthermore, our graduates have enrolled in more than 50 public and private universities around the country and are graduating from college at impressive rates. Six alumni have won prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarships.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholars Program

Partnership Scholars Program (PSP) operates a program which provides a host of educational and cultural experiences to bridge academic, financial and social opportunity gaps for low-income and first-generation students. Specifically, our program supports academically motivated but economically disadvantaged students in grades 7-12 to promote college access and a lifetime of success. According to a recent Forbes article, there are three primary obstacles that prevent low-income students from getting to college – financial obstacles, social obstacles and academic obstacles. In response to these obstacles, PSP provides three strategic interventions, detailed below, that comprise our Scholars Program to bridge the opportunity gap for low-income and first-generation students.

Academic: First, we begin working with students in 7th grade so that we are reaching them when there is time to impact their middle school and high school trajectories. We ensure that they are well-versed in A-G course requirements and require that they maintain at least a 3.0 GPA so that they are qualified to apply to four-year colleges and universities. Additionally, we monitor our students’ academic progress by reviewing their grades on a regular basis, and we provide tutoring opportunities for students who need additional support in specific subjects.

Mentoring: PSP has a mentoring component to the Scholars Program whereby each student is matched with a supportive mentor who has graduated from a four-year college or university. This mentor remains paired with the student for the entire 7th-12th grade trajectory and provides an invaluable resource to the student and his or her family. Mentors participate in a variety of meaningful activities with students ranging from reading their college essays to taking them on a college visit trip to helping them complete financial aid forms.

Cultural Experiences: The Scholars Program also recognizes an often-overlooked experiential gap for low-income students in the realm of cultural experiences. Many research studies have shown that children from middle-class families are advantaged in gaining educational credentials due to their possession of “cultural capital.” PSP builds students’ cultural literacy through frequent exposure to theater, concerts, museums, sporting events and restaurants.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$925,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We expect participants in our program to achieve the following measurable outcomes: (1) 100% of program graduates will complete high school college-ready, having completed the A-G college preparation curriculum; (2) At least 95% of graduates will be accepted into a minimum of one four-year university; and (3) At least 95% of graduates who enroll in college will be awarded some type of financial aid to help cover the costs of college.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We operate a single program to advance our mission. Services provided through our core Scholars Program include mentoring, educational and cultural enrichment activities and college-access guidance. Through our program we help close the education gap by offering students from underprivileged backgrounds resources and opportunities comparable to their more affluent peers.

    We operate our program year-round with the help of approximately 115 volunteer mentors. Each student participates, on average, in at least five hours of academic, enrichment or college-access activities monthly. Although all students benefit from our core program components, program services vary based on the needs of each student and their current grade level. For instance, freshmen are introduced to college readiness course requirements, while seniors receive intensive assistance with college essays and applications. The wide array of college access services and activities we offer help ensure students complete the program; gain admission to four-year universities; receive the financial aid they need to complete a four-year degree; and persist and succeed in college.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We began 18 years ago by helping seven students in one inner-city school achieve their college dreams. As a volunteer in a local urban school, our founder, Glenn Langer, MD, witnessed first-hand how underprivileged students lacked the resources and opportunities that are routinely available to youth in more affluent communities — and are crucial in preparing for college and life. Dr. Langer and his wife, Marianne, invested their own funds to assist the first group of students realize their college goals — setting them on a path toward successful and productive lives — and later founded Partnership Scholars to transform more lives.

    Initially, Partnerships Scholars operated with no paid staff through the collaborative efforts of volunteers and school partners. Today, Partnership Scholars is an established 501(c)(3) organization governed by a 14-member board with diverse expertise. We currently serve 240 students who attend 20 different schools and partner with seven school districts in Southern and Northern California. We operate a single program — our Scholars Program — to advance our mission.

    Partnership Scholars has steadily developed relationships with others who share our commitment to increasing college attainment for underserved youth, including community and school partners and more than 150 dedicated volunteers. To assure fidelity to our program, we work closely with our partners and volunteers, maintaining ongoing communication and implementing consistent systems and protocols across sites.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We expect to achieve the following outcomes through our Scholars Program: (1) 100 percent of program graduates will complete high school college-ready; (2) At least 95 percent of graduates will be accepted into a minimum of one four-year university; and (3) At least 95 percent of graduates who enroll in college will be awarded financial aid to cover college costs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

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California

We serve students in seven communities attending over 20 schools across California. In southern California, we work with students from El Monte, Hawthorne, Lennox and the Palms area of Los Angeles. In northern California, we serve students in Fort Bragg, Mendocino and Ukiah.

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Partnership Scholars Program
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Partnership Scholars Program

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Executive Director

Ms. Lisa Ruben

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Margaret Sanchez

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