Three Broward High Schools get grants to increase graduation rate
The Broward Education Foundation received a $40,000 grant from Citi Foundation for the “Ready, Set & College Bound” Program. The program’s goal is to increase high school graduation rates at three Broward County high schools – Deerfield Beach, Hallandale and Stranahan.
The relationship between Citi and the Education Foundation goes back more than 20 years. This latest grant is the third awarded to the Broward Education Foundation by Citi under its “College and Careers” priority area, which aims to expand educational opportunities as a strategy for increasing the ability of young people to contribute positively to the broader economy.
“At Citi, we are committed to supporting education programs that prepare students for college and careers,” said Ramon Rodriguez, Citi Community Officer for Broward County. “Through our strong partnership with the Broward Education Foundation we are able to support programs that build awareness of postsecondary education opportunities and assist students through the college search, application and financial education process.”
Jorene Jameson, President of the Broward Education Foundation stated, “The program creates a structure that expands the roles of teachers and guidance counselors so they become mentors/coaches helping participating students see the benefits of attending college and develop the practical skills needed to apply.”
The schools identified to participate in the program were selected based on the similarity of socioeconomic conditions of surrounding communities and the students they served. The unifying characteristics are large percentage of low to moderate income households, increasing dropout rates, and a high percentage of the adult population lacking education beyond high school.
The Broward Education Foundationís “Ready, Set & College Bound” program currently reaches out to more 1,350 11th grade students at the three schools.
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