When college completion program College Track opened its doors in Boyle Heights four years ago, no one could have imagined the impact a small after-school program would have not just on local students, but on the entire community. The program, branded i.am College Track in homage to founding partner musician will.i.am and his i.am angel foundation, launched in 2012 with 45 students, and this week graduated all 45 of them.
At a ceremony and reception hosted by College Track last Thursday, local leaders Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Jose Huizar, together with will.i.am, gathered with students, parents and College Track leadership to celebrate the class of 2016 and revel in their academic success and personal resilience.
50% of students from Boyle Heights never complete high school and only 5% of Boyle Heights residents hold a 4-year college degree. But thanks to a dedicated staff and exceptional program model that blends comprehensive academic support and leadership training with college counseling and financial aid advising - 100% of i.am college track’s inaugural class of Roosevelt High School Students are bound for college in the fall.
We are thrilled to be working with College Track to help this incredible organization in their mission to make college graduation the expectation rather then the exception for underserved communities. As part of our role enhancing College Track communications, we managed all media outreach for the event, and helped with event logistics and partner coordination.
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