Educational Institutions

Let's Get Ready, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.letsgetready.org

Mission Statement

Let's Get Ready leverages the talent and idealism of college students to provide low-income high school students in their communities with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college.

Main Programs

  1. College Access Program
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. Massachusetts specific communities include: BostonBrightonBrockton ChelseaDorcester Framingham LynnLawerence Lowell Malden RevereWorcester

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 2016, Let's Get Ready is on track to serve 1,750 students in 50 sites throughout New England, geographically stretching from Waterville, Maine to Providence, Rhode Island. Our largest concentrations of students are in Greater Boston. For many students in these areas, Let's Get Ready is the only college access program available to them. On average, 92% of students enroll in college upon the completion of the program, and 55% of students earn a college degree. Let's Get Ready's services come at a critical time due to the significant changes in the SAT that were rolled out in March of 2015. The College Board has resigned the test to contain "no more mysteries" and to better correspond with high school curriculum and better reflect what students have learned. Despite these good intentions, the New York Times reports: "The new SAT will be even more challenging for the disadvantaged. By weaving more tightly into high school curriculum, the test would seem to best serve students at high-performing schools, with the strong teachers who prepare them for state standards, as well as affluent students with access to test prep". Let's Get Ready has been one of a handful of organizations who have been working closely with the College Board as they worked through the test re-design and roll out, therefore we are uniquely poised the be the only free SAT prep program in the region who is equipped to deliver students instruction on how to improve scores with this new test.

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

College Access Program

LGR's College Access Program leverages the talent and idealism of college students to serve low-income students in their communities. Coaches provide instruction in foundational math and critical reading/writing skills that the SAT assesses and that are necessary to succeed in college. Coaches build students' confidence and facility with SAT material and teach test-taking strategies. Coaches also provide comprehensive information and guidance regarding college selection and application. LGR creates strong collaborations between high schools, community-based organizations and Greater Boston's many colleges. Partners host program sites, assist with recruitment and volunteer time, and many invest funds in their LGR program. Each program site brings together 25-40 students and 10-15 Coaches managed by two college student Site Directors. Classes are kept small and grouped according to students' ability. Let's Get Ready has no GPA requirement for participating high school students and serves those with a wide range of academic achievement. To enroll, students need only complete a basic application and short essay, ensuring that all students with college ambitions can be served. The program comprises: *30 hours of rigorous SAT prep and 2 practice SAT exams *15+ hours of assistance with college selection, applications, essays, financial aid/scholarships *Family orientation sessions *College trips and information sessions with admissions officers *Hands-on financial aid workshops for students and families led by professionals *Additional workshops led by LGR staff, including College Application Completion Day and Career Day Coaches and Site Directors have the unique opportunity to lead innovative programs that make a real difference in the lives of their students. LGR provides a structured teaching experience and valuable opportunity to work within the local community. Coaches must have scored at least 600 on the SAT subject they teach. On average, 84% have prior experience tutoring and working with youth, and a growing number are LGR alumni. Training utilizes LGR's highly-structured curriculum that includes teaching techniques, practice lessons (formally critiqued), in-depth information about the college access process, enrichment activities for students and background information on the students and community served. Coaches are observed, supported and evaluated by Site Directors and LGR staff. Coaches draw upon their own experience and creativity. Connecting with each student to encourage, inspire and build self-confidence is a high priority. The positive relationship between students and Coaches can make a lifelong impact -- and 90% of students have reported that their Coach was not just a teacher, but also a role model and mentor.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$1,300,000.00

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. Massachusetts specific communities include: BostonBrightonBrockton ChelseaDorcester Framingham LynnLawerence Lowell Malden RevereWorcester

Funding Needs

Though our geographic footprint is wide, Let's Get Ready seeks to increase the number of students served to realize our mission of students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the support needed to attain a college education. While Boston are students are well served, there are many cities outside of the metro Boston area that remain underserved. Let's Get Ready is currently seeking funding for these Gateway Cities, where services are less plentiful.

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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

" At Let's Get Ready we are committed to halting the growing socio-economic divide by helping low-income students overcome obstacles to accessing college, transitioning to college and ultimately graduating. According to a new report from the Pell Institute for Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the University of Pennsylvania, college completion rates for wealthy students have climbed sharply in 40 years but barely moved for low-income students. In 2013, 77% of students from families in the top income quartile earned at least bachelor's degrees by age 24, up from 40% in 1970. However, just 9% of students in the lowest income quartile, up from 6% in 1970, did the same in 2013. Due to the generosity of our supporters, we are assisting 3,000 high school students throughout the northeast with SAT prep and the college admissions process. We are helping thousands of high school seniors get ready for their transition to college in the fall. We also continue to support thousands more Let's Get Ready college students navigate the daunting challenges of college life. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Gary Matthews

Morgan Stanely

Term: Jan 2010 -

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