A heartfelt thank you for turning your passion into action so that all students have the opportunity to earn a college degree. Together, we have a profound impact on our community.
This has been an exciting year for CAN students! In 2016-2017, we launched our program in two new districts and four new high schools, serving a total of nine hundred 11th and 12th graders. Our expansion goals were very intentional – reach beyond Seattle to serve students in high schools with the greatest need and fewest resources. This took us farther into South King County - to Federal Way Public Schools and Renton School District. We are proud to say that with your support, CAN’s high school graduating class of 2017 was nearly five hundred students.
Knowing that college entrance is the first step, CAN is committed to providing on-going support to students – whatever their higher education path is – through college graduation. This year we served 1,100 college students to ensure their success in their higher education journey.
CAN students continue to prove that they have the drive and potential to thrive in college. We are grateful for your partnership in ensuring that CAN’s vision comes true – all students regardless of income or background have the opportunity to graduate college.
With your support, we are preparing an educated and diverse work force – to make a real difference – not just in the lives for a select few, but for all students, their families, and the larger community.
A DREAM COME TRUE...
Imagine you have a dream,
A BIG DREAM.
It's not to be a movie star of a superhero, you don't dream of being able to fly... you dream of going to college.
You want to grow up, walk across a graduation stage, and hug your mom while she tells you how proud she is. It’s not the most glamorous dream, but its all you can think about. But, you’re not sure how to get there. Your family doesn’t have all the answers and there’s no blue print being laid out for you.
This dream you are imagining, was my reality.
I grew up in Seattle, the only child to parents who were supportive of the idea of me going to college but were limited in their ability to show me the path to get there. My vision for “future college student me” was blurry to say the least. Until one fateful moment during my junior year at Garfield High School when I was introduced to College Access Now.
CAN was there for me when no one else could be. They took me on college tours my parents didn’t have the money for and provided me test prep and support I didn’t realize I needed. When I struggled throughout college, I had a network of support from CAN and an encyclopedia of knowledge passed on to me from my college coach to fall back on. CAN helped show me the way to the college that is now my Alma Mater, the University of San Francisco.
After graduating, I found myself in a job that wasn’t fulfilling. I wanted to make an impact in my community and that led me back to CAN, where I served a cohort of 35 students as an AmeriCorps College Coach in 2017-2018.
I’m determined to continue making an impact in this world and use the bachelor’s degree that CAN helped me access as a stepping stone to something greater. This September, I had the privilege of starting my Master’s program in education at Seattle University. I’m not sure where my journey will go from there, but I’m forever thankful to CAN, CAN supporters, and to my college coach, Sofie, for helping me get started.
My name is Monique Taylor.
MY DREAM CAME TRUE,
THANKS TO SUPPORTERS LIKE YOU.
College Access Now is a college completion program that empowers students from low-income families to access, enroll and graduate from college at rates equal to their more advantaged peers.
Thank you for doing your part in ensuring that all students, regardless of income or background, have the opportunity to graduate from college!
Here is a snapshot of what CAN students accomplished this year with your support:
WHO WE SERVE
of CAN students
identify as a student of color
of CAN students
will be the first in their family to attend college.
of CAN students
enrolled in the program with a Grade Point Average below 3.0
"I can be a force of positive change as I continue to share my experience with others and seek equitable solutions to difficult problems."
Seattle University '17
Franklin High School '13
Currently in Masters program at Seattle University
Our promise to our students is to be here for them until they graduate college. Our primary financial objective is to create a sustainable financial model that makes good on our promise. As CAN expands to serve more students, sustainability requires diverse sources of funding and a watchful eye on expenses to ensure a high return on your investment - more students achieving their dream of a college degree.
"Thank you for introducing us to such a wonderful organization! Seeing all of the students in person inspired a lot of hope, and we need hope in the future. It made me even more grateful for all the people who encouraged and supported me when I was in high school. It felt great to help others get the mentorship that is so vital at this stage in their lives."
-Betsy Maurer & Andrew Schulman (CAN Donors)
to our 2017-2018 contributors for partnering with us to ensure that our students have the support they need to access, enroll, and graduate from college!