Our goal is to equip low-income students in the academic middle from Washington, D.C. with the best skills and experiences to help them get to and through college, and achieve upward economic mobility.
“During the college application season, Stephen helped me in numerous ways. He gave me general advice, SAT and college prep books, and he connected me with a personal SAT tutor. My mentor played a pivotal role during the college application process, and I am grateful for that.”
– Moises, CPE student
“Bryanna has helped me become more focused in planning for my future. She’s helped me raise my grades in classes I have been struggling with and she also gives me opportunities to bond with her by doing activities we both love – like cooking!”
– Mikel, CPE student
“Since mentoring Chelsea, her grades have improved and she’s developed an excitement for wanting to attend college, especially after our visit to Trinity that CPE organized. She not only takes advantages of opportunities that CPE provides but seeks them out. She’s more engaged at school from playing on the soccer team to participating in the first-ever Hispanic Heritage Assembly. I see her taking risks and pushing herself to be the BEST version of herself. I feel fortunate that she is allowing me to be part of her journey!”
– Beth, CPE mentor
“Zach has really opened my eyes to what opportunities are out there. He challenges me to explore my options for college. I’ve already gone on tours of schools like Georgetown, Morehouse, Clark-Atlanta, and the University of Virginia.”
– Maurquice, CPE student
Students in CPE’s program typically reside in communities where they are not receiving the same support to get to and through college as other students. Many reside in Wards 5, 7, and 8 of Washington, D.C., where data shows they’re negatively impacted by the drastic income inequality in the District.
As of January 2021
18% of Ward 8 residents 16 and older are unemployed compared to the national average of 6.3%
In Ward 5, the median income of White households is 2.5 times higher than Black households
Only 19% of Ward 7 residents have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher
The Power of Relationships
With your help, we’ve supported more than 830 students in Washington, D.C.