As part of its broader commitment to support DC public and charter school graduates succeed in college, the Foundation invested $10 million in the DC Public Education Fund to launch DCPS Persists, a new program that provides college-bound DC Public Schools graduates with a support network to help them graduate from college. Starting with the class of 2020, students will be connected with coaches and additional resources to help them navigate the transition to college.
During this process, DCPS worked with another Foundation grantee, KIPP DC’s KIPP Through College & Career, to learn about their program structure and best practices.
The program will also offers college-bound graduates:
- A pre-college orientation to get a head start on what to expect in college and meet other college-bound students;
- Access to the DCPS Alumni Network so that students can stay in touch with other graduates for tips, career networking, and more; and
- Access to a wealth of information on scholarships and other important college focused content through Forever DCPS, a new monthly alumni publication.
Learn more about the program and the DCPS Persists coaches here.