The application for Trailblazers applying to partner private schools for the 2017 – 2018 school year is now closed. 

The Trailblazers program, is a mentoring and college success program that begins working with selected students in the 9th grade and continues through their high school graduation. Trailblazers receive:


  • One-on-one mentoring: Trailblazers are matched with a college-educated volunteer mentor. Mentors commit to communicating with mentee once a week and meeting in person at least once a month.
  • College and career readiness programming: Students participate in a suite of programs, including financial education classes, workshops, resume-writing classes, career fairs, and community service projects.
  • Holistic staff support: Students receive individualized support from CPE staff through semi-monthly school visits, student check-ins, report card reviews, teacher consultations, and parent and student meetings.
  • Financial Support: All students receive access to emergency funds for academic-related expenses.


Once Trailblazers enter college, they join the Transformers program and continue to receive CPE support through college graduation.

Trailblazer Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Trailblazer program:

  • You are currently in the 8th grade in Spring 2017.
  • You plan on attending one of CPE’s partner schools listed below.
  • You are a legal U.S. resident or citizen (does not apply to parents).
  • Your household income meets CPE’s income eligibility guidelines.
  • You reside in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (DC, MD, VA).
  • You agree to actively participate in ALL components of the CPE Program.


Income Eligibility Guidelines:

Household Size Max. Yearly Income
One $41,750
Two $48,400
Three $55,100
Four $61,750
Five $67,100
Six $72,450
Seven $77,800
Eight $83,150
For each additional family member add: $5,350

Trailblazer Partner Schools

Students attending the following partner schools are eligible to apply for the Trailblazers program in the 8th grade: