Educational Institutions

Let's Get Ready, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.letsgetready.org

Mission Statement

Let's Get Ready provides low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Trained college student volunteers deliver these services and offer encouragement, inspiration and confidence.

Main Programs

  1. SAT and College Prep Program
  2. Project College
  3. Success Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Each year Let's Get Ready provides services to high school students in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. New England specific communities include: Maine LGR Project Brunswick, ME Lewiston, ME Portland, ME Massachusetts LGR Project Boston, MA Brighton, MA Brockton, MA Cambridge, MA Chelsea, MA Dorchester, MA East Boston, MA Framingham, MA Lawrence, MA Lowell, MA Lynn, MA Malden, MA Revere, MA Roxbury, MA Somerville, MA Springfield, MA Worcester, MA New Hampshire LGR Project Mascoma Valley, NH Rhode Island LGR Project Providence, MA

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Ms. Lauri Novick

Keywords

Self-reported

SAT, college, preparation, high school, access, education

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EIN

31-1698832

 Number

6578006307

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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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In 2011, LGR ran 62 programs throughout the northeast serving 2,550 students with the assistance of 1,000 college volunteers. Since its founding, Let's Get Ready has guided more than 12,000 under-served students through the college process. Let's Get Ready has trained and supported 5,000 college student volunteers with outstanding results.

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

SAT and College Prep Program

The Issue: Unless higher education becomes more accessible for the growing low-income and minority populations in New England, social inequality will inevitably continue to widen. How Let's Get Ready (LGR) addresses the college access challenge: Let's Get Ready is a not-for-profit organization that guides low-income high school students through the process of applying to college.Lacking access to resources, guidance and encouragement, these students score well below high-income students on the SAT and attend college at a much lower rate.Nationally, LGR currently serves over 2,500 high school students with the assistance of 1,000 college coaches per year. Benefits LGR provides to students: The free, nine-week program includes: *30 hours of intensive SAT tutoring and 2 full length diagnostic SAT exams *15 hours of assistance with college selection, completion of applications and identification of financial aid and scholarship opportunities *5:1 student to coach ratio,in a small class environment *College trips LGR's impact in New England (2012 results) *1,700 students served by 600 college coaches - SAT scores increased an average of 110 points - 93% went directly to college; 72% were the first in their families to attend college- 74% of LGR students have graduated or were still enrolled in college as of 2012.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

1,300,000

Program 2

Project College

Let's Get Ready seeks to better track and monitor LGR alumni, ultimately better evaluating the effectiveness of the LGR program.Beyond measuring activities and participation (as well as students' feedback), Project College will enable Let's Get Ready to measure the overall college persistence and completion rates of its former students. With the development of a comprehensive framework of support and communications, LGR will be able to provide more ongoing assistance to help our low-income and first generation college-bound students succeed in college. Funding awarded would be used to build and implement the Project College pilot over the next two years, creating the foundation for supporting thousands of students not just getting to, but also succeeding in college. The LGR Project College pilot will consist of direct services (program workshops and resources), an online network, and a new on-campus pilot project.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

400,000

Program 3

Success Project

Increasing college completion rates for low-income and minority students is a national, as well as moral, priority. Let's Get Ready is committed to making sure that our students get to college and complete college. With this said, in 2012, the Let's Get Ready National Board of Directors voted to add college completion to the Let's Get Ready mission.Project Components:Alumni E-Newsletters: Each communication is sent monthly and includes targeted college completion information and links to scholarship and career opportunities.College Care Packages: Packages are sent to hundreds of Let's Get Ready college freshman. Items include college survival guidebooks, dorm decorations, earplugs, and coupons.College Transition Workshops: Workshops cover accessing campus resources, financial literacy, choosing classes, etc. LGR currently provides workshops in both Boston and New York City.Data Collection: LGR students are now asked to complete FERPA Forms during the access component of LGR programming. Said form allows LGR to access student records while they attend college. With this information LGR volunteers are able to map out needed engagement and academic plans to ensure college completion.Online Resources: LGR has recently relaunched its website to include a database of college selection and completion resources. Said resources include facts sheets for schools that have high LGR student attendance, scholarship information and key contacts.Transition Coaches: Transition coaches are utilized to help bridge the gap for students between the end of the LGR access core model and the start of college. Said coaches maintain a regular caseload and communicate with students via phone banking and office hours.Success Near Peer Model: The Model includes upper classman mentoring incoming freshman via a newly developed college completion curriculum. It launched 2013 at Westchester Community College (WCC). Led by a former Let's Get Ready student and current WCC upperclassman, the WCC LGR program meets regularly for upperclassmen to provide assistance and mentoring to newer students. New England will launch the model in Fall 2014.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

148,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Each year Let's Get Ready provides services to high school students in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. New England specific communities include: Maine LGR Project Brunswick, ME Lewiston, ME Portland, ME Massachusetts LGR Project Boston, MA Brighton, MA Brockton, MA Cambridge, MA Chelsea, MA Dorchester, MA East Boston, MA Framingham, MA Lawrence, MA Lowell, MA Lynn, MA Malden, MA Revere, MA Roxbury, MA Somerville, MA Springfield, MA Worcester, MA New Hampshire LGR Project Mascoma Valley, NH Rhode Island LGR Project Providence, MA

Funding Needs

Funding to support the following New England Initiatives:-Alumni Program -Rural Pilot -Program Continuance -Nutritional Snacks -Development Staff

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Financials

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LET'S GET READY, INC.
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Let's Get Ready, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lauri Novick

BIO

Lauri brings a broad range of experience from both the non-profit and corporate communities. Previously, she served for two years as the Executive Director of the American Friends of Sheba Medical Center (the largest hospital in Israel) and for six years as the Executive Director of The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. Prior to her work in the non-profit field, Lauri was an Assistant General Counsel with Barclays Bank PLC and an attorney with Kaye Scholer. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Lauri has a deep passion for helping under-served youth and for the last twenty years has served on the Divisional Board of the Rita and Stanley H. Kaplan House, a residential treatment facility for troubled teens and young adults. She sits on the Board of Directors of Areyvut and is active in other community organizations.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"With the engagement of over 5,000 college student volunteer Coaches, Let's Get Ready has served more than 13,000 high school students. Over 75% of our students are first generation college-bound, and we're very proud of their accomplishments: -SAT scores increase an average of 110 points; and -93% of our students go directly to college after high school. All of our programs are built upon close partnerships with colleges, high schools and community organizations. And because our college Coaches are volunteers, Let's Get Ready is incredibly cost effective. In fact, Let's Get Ready's expense per student is just $500, something you'll hear more about later this evening. We're committed to expanding to more low-income communities throughout the Northeast and across the country. In 2011 alone with the service of 1,000 college Coaches, we supported about 2,500 students on their journey to college -- a 15% increase over the previous year. And our students are especially impressive. Students like Sheyla Soriana who participated in the LGR program at Hostos Community College who is now a junior at her dream school, NYU. This year she decided to become a Let's Get Ready Coach in order to give back to the program that gave to her. She said, ""Living in a community where what you wear is more important than where you want to be, I knew that I wanted more. My students relate to me because I was once in their shoes. Let's Get Ready was the step forward I needed to create possibilities in my future!"" Lauri Novick Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jack Rubin

Managing Director, Credit Suisse

Term: Jan 2010 -

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