Educational Institutions

Project GRAD Houston

  • Houston, TX
  • www.projectgradhouston.org

Mission Statement

Project GRAD improves lives in low-income communities by helping students develop and achieve their educational aspirations.

Main Programs

  1. cafécollege Houston
  2. Community Partnerships: GRAD CAP Sites
  3. Project GRAD Scholars
  4. College Institute Summer Programs
  5. College Transition Conferences
  6. College Success Coaching
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

To be eligible to participate in GRAD’s programming you must: 1. live in the communities served by the following HISD high schools: Jefferson Davis, Jack Yates, John Reagan, Phillis Wheatley, and Sam Houston; 2. be enrolled at one of the above HISD high schools or at AAMA’s George I. Sanchez Charter School; or 3. be referred by a community-based organization that collaborates with Project GRAD. Current community partners include: MD Anderson YMCA and Neighborhood Centers Inc.’s Leonel Castillo Center in Near Northside; Covenant Community Capital in the Fifth Ward; and Workforce Solutions.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. Ann B. Stiles

Keywords

Self-reported

College Success Financial Aid College Readiness College Access

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EIN

76-0450397

 Number

1200737302

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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?

Programs

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Program 1

cafécollege Houston

At the request of former district H Council Member Gonzalez, GRAD in collaboration with Houston Public Library and the City of Houston have opened 'cafécollege Houston,' an innovation of an existing San Antonio program. 'cafécollege Houston' serves as an easily accessible community-based college access center where students and families can access information, resources, support, and financial aid guidance.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Community Partnerships: GRAD CAP Sites

GRAD collaborates with high performing community-based organizations in the neighborhoods we serve to offer college access support. We call these sites ""Community Access Points,"" or CAP Sites. Current GRAD CAP Sites include the YMCA, Houston Public Library, Project Row Houses, Covenant Community Capital, AAMA's George I. Sanchez Charter School, Workforce Solutions, Boys' and Girls' Club of Greater Houston, and ProUnitas. Together, GRAD CAP Sites offer college counseling, community workshops, professional development in college access and success, and recruit students to participate in the GRAD Scholars program.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Project GRAD Scholars

Upon enrolling in 9th grade, or earlier, students have the opportunity to become Project GRAD Scholars. They and their parents sign a commitment to make college and career readiness a priority during high school and to achieve important benchmarks. All Scholars participate in a rigorous, well-defined curriculum called ""CLASS ACT"" that leads them step by step along the path to and through college.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Program 4

College Institute Summer Programs

Each summer, Project GRAD serves approximately 1,000 high school age GRAD Scholars in our award-winning College Institutes, which equip students with college and career knowledge, increase their motivation for college, investigate high demand careers in the Houston region, and learn about financial aid.

Category

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 5

College Transition Conferences

GRAD Scholars who have been accepted into college participate in Transition Conferences , where they learn about the important shift from being a recent high school graduate to a college-bound and career-focused student.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 6

College Success Coaching

GRAD Scholars receive mentoring through three programs: PG at the U (Project GRAD at the University), which connects students with supportive resources available at their college or university; i-MENTOR for College Success, which matches GRAD Scholars with volunteer mentors from the business community; and GRAD Ambassadors, successful GRAD Scholars who serve as peer advisors to new freshmen at selected colleges and universities.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

To be eligible to participate in GRAD’s programming you must: 1. live in the communities served by the following HISD high schools: Jefferson Davis, Jack Yates, John Reagan, Phillis Wheatley, and Sam Houston; 2. be enrolled at one of the above HISD high schools or at AAMA’s George I. Sanchez Charter School; or 3. be referred by a community-based organization that collaborates with Project GRAD. Current community partners include: MD Anderson YMCA and Neighborhood Centers Inc.’s Leonel Castillo Center in Near Northside; Covenant Community Capital in the Fifth Ward; and Workforce Solutions.

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PROJECT GRAD HOUSTON
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Project GRAD Houston

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Ann B. Stiles

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"It has been my pleasure to serve Project GRAD since its beginnings in 1994. In that time, we have sent over 7,000 students to college as GRAD Scholars helped to transition Davis High School from "dropout factory" to "What Works in Education" according to the Department of Education, and tripled the college enrollment rates of the high schools we serve, schools where 85 percent of their students are economically disadvantaged. As an organization, we are constantly reflecting on the work we do and how we can better serve our students, and we need the Houston community to assist us in advocating for college as a reality for all students, regardless of circumstance. We must be the voices of the underserved students of Houston who are the future of this great city. Our economic stability and ability to thrive in an uncertain future depend on their ability to provide for themselves and their families, and contribute to the economic livelihood of their communities. We as a community must empower them to know how essential and how capable they are to make more of themselves than their circumstances may convey. Opportunities matter. Help us provide them."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Kathryn Ketelsen

Project GRAD Houston

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?