The Horatio Alger Association’s Strategic Partners collaborate in advancing the mission of the Association by promoting the Horatio Alger Scholarship programs to the student populations they serve. We are proud to partner with these organizations who share our mission to contribute to the success of low-income students pursuing higher education.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY COLLEGES
As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 13 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers, and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.
Founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as its founding chair, America’s Promise is the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. Its strong national network of more than 400 partners is comprised of organizations representing all sectors of American life. Through America’s Promise, these partners are working together to increase high school graduation rates and see that more children and youth experience the Five Promises in their lives—Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start, Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others.
ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.
Through entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning, BUILD ignites the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equips them for high school, college and career success. BUILD students work in teams to start and run a real business. Guided by mentors, volunteers, and staff, students learn both the fundamentals of business as well as a unique set of noncognitive skills that are critical for success in college, career, and in life. Founded by Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, BUILD has incubated over 750 youth businesses. Since 2012, 97% of students who complete the BUILD program graduate high school on time, and 98% of those have been accepted to at least one postsecondary option. BUILD currently partners with 23 high schools in 5 cities across the US, with plans to expand to 10 more cities by 2024.
Central Florida Urban League
The mission of the Central Florida Urban League is to assist Central Floridians in achieving social and economic equality. One of the cornerstones of the CFUL is our Youth Department, whereas we empower our community through sustained investment in our youth. By working with a number of community partners, including all levels of the law enforcement community, the CFUL’s Youth Department plants the seeds of responsibility, self worth and hope into the lives of Central Florida’s youth. Our programs ensure that our youth have every opportunity to overcome the myriad of challenges they face in their day-to-day lives. The CFUL nurtures more than 1,000 youth per year.
COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS
College Advising Corps, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underserved high school students who enter and complete higher education. To deliver on this mission, College Advising Corps places well-trained, recent college graduates from 24 partner institutions of higher education as full-time college advisers in the nation’s underserved schools. College Advising Corps provides the support that high school students need to navigate the complex processes of college admissions, securing financial aid and enrolling in schools that serve them well. For the 2015-16 school year, the Corps has 532 advisers in 531 high schools in 14 states serving 160,000 students. For more information, please visit www.advisingcorps.org.
CRISTO REY NETWORK: TRANSFORMING URBAN AMERICA ONE STUDENT AT A TIME
The Cristo Rey Network prepares young people with limited options for college. All Cristo Rey Network students participate in a Corporate Work Study Program through which they can finance up to 70 percent of the cost of their high school education, gain real-world job experience, grow in self-confidence, develop a strong work ethic and realize the relevance of their education. Assigned to a four-member job-sharing team, each student works 5 days per month. Last year, Network schools contracted with some 2,000 corporate sponsors to secure 2,000 work study jobs for Cristo Rey students. The Corporate Work Study Program is vital to the member schools’ financial sustainability and long-term success. The Cristo Rey Network is made up of 25 inner-city high schools across the country.
The Give US Your Poor mission is to create a revolution in public awareness, dispel myths and promote structural solutions to end epidemic homelessness in the United States. It works to effect change at the policy level; engage volunteerism and contributions at the individual and corporate levels through media, technology and education; and channel support to partner homeless organizations. It is currently spearheading a national celebrity music initiative to help end veteran homelessness.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our 202,000 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.
KIPP, THE KNOWLEDGE IS POWER PROGRAM
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 141 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 50,000 students. More than 86 percent of our students are from low-income families and eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meals program, and 95 percent are African American or Latino. Nationally, more than 90 percent of KIPP middle school students have graduated high school, and more than 80 percent of KIPP alumni have gone on to college.
LEDA, LEADERSHIP ENTERPRISE FOR A DIVERSE AMERICA
LEDA is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to diversifying the national leadership pipeline by enabling high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds to gain admission to and succeed at our nation’s most selective colleges. By helping qualified students from low-income backgrounds access these institutions, we seek to ensure that our nation’s leaders are truly reflective of its citizenry. Each year, LEDA recruits 100 qualified high school juniors who show leadership potential, but lack the exposure and support needed to apply to selective colleges. These LEDA Scholars receive leadership training, writing instruction, standardized test preparation, and one-on-one college counseling. In college and beyond, Scholars receive continued community-building, academic advising, career counseling, and postgraduate planning to ensure that they continue to succeed and lead.
THE NATIONAL FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION
The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) was founded in 1972 and is incorporated as a private non-profit organization (501c3). Anyone supporting the work of foster, adoptive, and kinship parents is welcome to be a member. This includes foster parents, adoptive parents, kinship caregivers, social workers, and advocates. All of the activities of NFPA are organized and led by volunteers. NFPA has an Executive Director and an Administrative Coordinator that manage the day to day operations of the association. NFPA provides information and support to foster parents through regular publications, an informative web site, active social media presence, educational programs, and support of research and advocacy related to family-based care. The offices for the association are in Texas, but the actual programs take place in homes and offices throughout the United States.
NETWORK FOR TEACHING ENTREPRENEURSHIP. START IT UP.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Its vision is that all young people can find a path to success.
SCHOOLS THAT CAN
Schools That Can is the largest cross-sector network of schools in the country, working with over 145 district, charter, independent, and faith-based schools serving underserved populations and beating the odds. STC works to unite leaders to expand quality urban education. They do this by connecting leaders – from urban K-12 schools, as well as from industry, higher education, and innovative educational organizations – to share innovative and effective practices across schools, and collectively build solutions to common challenges. STC’s work aims to ensure all students, regardless of their economic status or zip code, are college and career ready.