All students regardless of income or background, have the opportunity to graduate from college.
Empower students from low-income families to access, enroll and graduate
from college, at rates equal to their more advantaged peers.
College Access Now (CAN) is a Seattle-based 501 (c)(3) non profit organization that was founded by Julia Schechter in 2005 with a commitment to providing personalized and practical college-going support for motivated, low-income students in Seattle and South King County.
Our program began as a grassroots initiative, led by a group of dedicated volunteers helping twenty-nine 12th grade students at Garfield High School gain acceptance to college. CAN builds intentional relationships with students to ensure they have the academic, financial and socio-emotional skills and resources necessary to navigate the college journey and overcome barriers to college access and success.
Today, CAN supports more than 2,300 high school and college students, including more than 750 high school students at 11 high schools in four school districts, and 1,500 college students in Washington State and throughout the country.