Friday, August 8, 2014

CAUSES TV: College Summit

There are many things that influence success in life. Yet there may be no factor that is more important than getting a good education. A college education continues to be the single most important predictor of economic success and career satisfaction.

Joining Dean O'Hara on this episode of CAUSES TV to talk more about the link between a college education and success are: Rustin Lewis, Executive Director, National Capital Region College Summit and Mardia Blyther, Program Director, National Capital Region College Summit.

Annually serving 50,000 students grades 9-12, College Summit is the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of low-income youth by connecting them to college and career. College Summit uses peer leadership, custom curricula, real-time student performance data and technology to help get these high school students from low-income communities to and through college.

  • Since 2004, College Summit in the National Capital Region (NCR) has served over 30,000 students in DC, MD, and VA—in 2013-14, they are serving nearly 5,000 9th-12th grade students in the region.
  • College Summit-NCR students stay in college at a rate of 74% for 2 year colleges, and 92% for 4 year colleges—equal to and higher than the persistence rates of students from mid and upper income households.
  • 80% of students who attend the College Summit-NCR summer workshop (Peer Leaders) enroll in college.
  • College enrollment rates for College Summit students across the country have increased on average by 18%.
  • College enrollment rates for College Summit-NCR students have increased by 27% in our largest school districts.
  •  In 2013, College Summit was named one of 100 Top Nonprofits in the country by Social Impact Exchange.

For more about College Summit, visit

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