Educational Institutions

Reach for College Inc

  • Washington, DC
  • www.reachforcollege.org

Mission Statement

To promote equity in education by increasing and supporting the number of traditionally disadvantaged students who pursue and complete postsecondary education.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. RFC Program in Schools
Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC metro area, New York, New Jersey

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Deborah Insel

Keywords

Self-reported

College access, low-income, traditionally disadvantaged, minority, higher education, college, postsecondary education, high school

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EIN

06-1756561

 Number

1070604883

Also Known As

RFC

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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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Reach for College! students continue to enroll in college and persist in college at twice the rate of their peers from the same schools who were not part of the RFC program.  70% of RFC students enroll in college after high school graduation and 65% are staying in college.  These college enrollment data are verified by the National Student Clearinghouse. 

 

In the 2009-2010 school year, RFC worked with over 3,000 students in DC, NY and NJ.  Our goal is to increase the number of schools and students we serve while maintaining the integrity, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the organization.

 

In 2010, RFC was honored with an Innovation Award from the College Board as "an exemplary initiative to get low-income students to and through college."  And RFC also received a National Junior Tennis and Learning Award from the United States Tennis Association for being "an exemplary model for after-school programming."

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

The Reach for College! program and books, that were specially developed for our target population of low-income students who will likely be the first in their families to pursue postsecondary education, cover all of the college access and college preparation tasks. These include: -Career exploration and researching the educational path to chosen careers -SAT prep -College selection and application -Study skills and time-management -College-level reading and essay-writing -FAFSA/Financial aid and scholarship applications -Employability and interview skills -What to expect at college and how to successfully make the transition. In schools, the program is offered as a class that the student takes as part of his or her regular daily schedule. It is taught by a teacher at the school who has been trained by Reach for College! Frequent on-site classroom assistance is provided by Reach for College! to assure excellent implementation of the program. When community groups, such as churches, PTA's or other nonprofits want to use the Reach for College! curriculum and program, we tailor the program to meet their specific needs. Reach for College! offers its books and program to most schools for free, as funding allows. We typically match funding with community groups and churches who want to use the program.

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Program 2

RFC Program in Schools

Reach for College! provides a 9-12th grade, five-book curriculum that we developed especially for low-income students who will be the first in their families to go to postsecondary education.  This walks them through the benefits of college, goal-setting, college selection and application, academic skill-boosting and financial aid application.  We train teachers in the schools to teach the curriculum during the regular school day.  Students are assigned to the class by the school.  (We do not select students, nor do students self-select.)  87% of students say they think the class opened their eyes about education after high school, they feel they are now prepared for it, and they think other students should take the class.

 

Guidance counselors are usually overburdened with a case load of 300-450 students and estimate they can only spend 13% of their time on college counseling.  Students usually have no one at home with college experience, so they have no one there to help with the college access tasks.  So the teachers whom RFC trains become the advocates for postsecondary education and are able to give individualized college access attention to the students in their classes.  RFC supports the teachers and students with weekly email tips and up-to-date scholarship information, with college tours, and with specialized classroom help, such as guest speakers to talk about college and careers, to enrich the experience for students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$360,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

District of Columbia

Washington, DC metro area, New York, New Jersey

Funding Needs

If we are to expand this very successful program, we will need funding.  With $175 per student we can get a student to and through college.  Compare this with the hundreds that more affluent parents spend to get their children to college.  We are a very lean organization with only 7% going to overhead.  93% goes to program and to the students.

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REACH FOR COLLEGE INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Reach for College Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Deborah Insel

BIO

Deb Insel has more than twenty years of experience working in urban secondary schools as a teacher and, in each school district, as a developer of innovative programs to boost student achievement.  She has spent the last fifteen years in the founding and  the development of two nonprofit organizations (one in Atlanta and one in DC) to serve the needs of low-income high school students as they make the transition to postsecondary education.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ramon Richards

Fannie Mae

Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2011

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