File #: 200608    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/29/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 11/12/2020
Title: Recognizing College Possible Philadelphia and its first cohort of college graduates.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Domb
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 20060800, 2. Signature20060800
Recognizing College Possible Philadelphia and its first cohort of college graduates.

WHEREAS, Studies of longitudinal data from the United States Social Security Administration have shown that the attainment of a four-year college degree can increase an individual's lifetime earnings by hundreds of thousands of dollars; and

WHEREAS, These additional earnings create opportunities associated with membership in the American middle class: the ability to sustain a family, purchase a home, or save for the future; and

WHEREAS, First-generation college students from low-income families often lack the supports they need to navigate post-secondary life and successfully complete their degrees; one report from the Pell Institute found that in 2013, 77 percent of students from high-income backgrounds graduated from college, while only nine percent of low income students earned their degree that same year; and

WHEREAS, It is for these reasons that College Possible, a nonprofit AmeriCorps organization, was founded in 2000 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Then known as Admission Possible, its goal was to make college admission and success possible by pairing AmeriCorps service members with college-bound juniors and seniors from low-income households; they are often the first in their families to attend college; and

WHEREAS, In after-school sessions, students are coached on how to get into college and how to succeed once they get there. Skills include test preparation, college applications, financial aid, navigating campus resources, finding internships, and time management; and

WHEREAS, The program was an immediate success, with a 2011 Harvard study finding that participation significantly increases low-income students' likelihood of enrolling in and completing college; and

WHEREAS, Success brought expansion - first across the upper Midwest, and later, to cities in every region in the United States; and

WHEREAS, College Possible Philadelphia was launched in 2014, and ...

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