Educational Institutions

Let's Get Ready, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • 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.

ruling year

2000

Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic

Self-reported

Mr. Brian Dever

Executive Director, New England

Self-reported

Ms. Lisa Ulrich

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)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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 over 3,500 students in 86 sites throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic, geographically stretching from Waterville, ME to Philadelphia, PA. Our largest concentrations of students are in New York City and Greater Boston. For many students outside these areas, Let's Get Ready is the only available college access program.

On average, 92% of students who participate in Let's Get Ready's College Access programs enroll in college upon the completion of the program (twice the rate of their peers), and over 55% of students who are part of the College Success program go on to earn a college degree (five times the rate of their peers).

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.

Funding Needs

Let's Get Ready seeks to increase the number of students we serve to realize our mission and vision: a future when students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the support they need to attain a college education. By leveraging the talent and idealism of trained volunteer college Coaches, Let's Get Ready is able to provide free services, including a rigorous SAT prep program, at a cost of $600 per student — a fraction of the cost of other nonprofit college access programs. Let's Get Ready programs thrive without local staff or office infrastructure, greatly reducing overhead and enabling us to be a major presence in large cities while also reaching low-income students in rural communities, suburban settings and smaller cities with few other college access and success programs.

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LET'S GET READY, INC.
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Operations

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Let's Get Ready, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic

Mr. Brian Dever

Executive Director, New England

Ms. Lisa Ulrich

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Gary Matthews

Morgan Stanely

Term: Jan 2010 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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