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Description
Many high school students at risk of failing to graduate need extra help in two subjects: Math and English. Due to budget cuts in recent years, the problem is exacerbated by a lack of available public summer school courses. CTG recognizes the need to provide tutoring to assist students who lack resources to secure those services. In particular, CTG focuses on one-on-one tutoring for highly skilled subjects such as Algebra (A-G requirement) for college bound students. CTG works with multiple organizations with proven track records of success to match the student and school needs with specialties of providers.
Budget
$30,000
Program Successes
A high school senior needed a C, minimum, to pass her pre-calculus and physics classes. She was below that grade and met with her tutor twice a week at the library. She brought her incomplete assignments, which were six or more in the beginning. Her tutor focused on skills building with the ultimate goal that she could study on her own. At the end of the school year she passed both classes. She was a foster student without a stable home but ended up with a scholarship to a four year university!

Students knowledge is measured before tutoring and after. Students' skills have improved from 1-3 grade levels in as short as 14 weeks in many cases. In addition, the near peer tutoring services have provided a marked improvement in study habits, attitudes, and behavior that is noted by the teachers and principal. The hopes and dreams of these students have grown with the confidence in themselves that is developed by realizing the satisfaction of success from their own hard work. For many of these students, it is their first taste of success and confidence. This freedom allows them to pursue larger dreams and spurs interest in subjects such as science and engineering that may have seemed out of their reach.
Description
For students who live in communities where college aspirations are not the norm, it is an epiphany to realize that college is for them. Once they realize this, their aspirations soar, their dreams grow, and they roll up their sleeves for hard work. College readiness counseling provides the groundwork for students to understand they have potential and they can achieve their dreams through higher education. From college identification, high school class selection, financial aid options, and scholarship identification to actually completing applications for colleges, financial aid, and scholarships - college readiness counseling has been a key component of unlocking student potential in low income communities. CTG works with multiple organizations who have a proven track record with college readiness counseling and matches those capabilities with student and school needs.
Budget
$30,000
Program Successes
Jorge didn't know anyone in his family or neighborhood who went to college. He knew about college but he just didn't think it was for him. He received college readiness counseling funded by CTG and will be graduating this year from UC Davis. Not only that, his younger brother, Juan, followed in his footsteps and is a Junior at UC Davis. Both brothers volunteer at Closing the Gap because they know the great impact they have on others. Both brothers speak in the community about their experiences and inspire others to join them.

Curtis was also a recipient of CTG funded college readiness counseling. First in his family to graduate from college, Curtis just received his masters degree from CSUS. He is also a volunteer and member of the CTG Advisory Council. In their neighborhoods, now there are a whole class of students who will not say they didn't know anybody who went to college! Their dreams are soaring and there is a lot of studying going on!
Description
SAT scores are so important to college bound students. They are used to make informed academic choices and decision. And yet, many students in low income schools are not prepared and do not even consider taking the SAT test. There are many factors contributing to this including a lack of preparation, lack of knowledge, lack of understanding why it is important, lack of skills, lack of confidence and the intimidation factor. Offering SAT preparation courses in conjunction with college readiness counseling has been particularly effective for many low income students. Students attend six week preparation courses together as a cohort where they learn everything from how to apply for an SAT fee waiver to how to approach the test with methods for problem solving. The class works through problems together and takes sample tests. Students have raised their SAT scores an average of 20 percent!
Budget
$10,000
Program Successes
D's first SAT test scores were not just low, they were abysmal. He was stunned to learn that he couldn't get into college with those scores. His college readiness counselor encouraged him not to give up - to sign up for the six week SAT preparation course. D was determined to raise his scores. He took the course and studied every night to raise his scores. And he did, he was accepted to CSUS as a freshman and graduates this may with a degree in Criminal Justice.

There are many more stories like D. Students who learned to study, learned what to study, learned how to take a test, overcame their fear and intimidation to raise their SAT scores and spur their college dreams. Most of these students were accepted into four year universities and colleges.
Description
High School Academies: programs that are a school within a school - create places of focus, engagement, camaraderie, and even safety for many students, in particular, in low income schools. Students who participate in these programs are more successful and more likely to complete their education and continue on to higher education. These programs, when focused on college readiness activities are prime examples where collaborative programs can be successful.

CTG supports academies with a proven record of student academic success and provides college readiness activities to these academies and the entire school population. The students in these environments are leaders changing the culture of their schools and are voracious consumers of resources such as college readiness counseling, SAT preparation courses, and scholarship coaching. CTG supports multiple academies with proven track records of success by providing college readiness services to their schools and the academies themselves.
Budget
$40,000
Program Successes
Curtis was first in his family to go to college. In high school, he joined the academy and took advantage of the college readiness curriculum and graduated in 2014 with his Master's degree.

Angela got into fights at school and was in trouble. She joined the academy and took advantage of the college preparation curriculum. She is a junior at CSUS and has confidence that she will succeed in not just school, but life.

Students from low income schools are being accepted and graduating from CSUS, UC Davis, Stanford, Yale, UC Berkeley, and many more. These programs work.
Description
Many students in low income communities have never been on a college campus. To these students, college life is as foreign to them as living in another country. In addition to providing valuable information on admission, financial aid, student life, campus services, and much more - organized tours of college campuses demystifies the college experience and breaks down the barrier of the 'unknown.'

College campus visits have motivated students to work hard to improve their academics and break the generational cycle of poverty, low education, and incarceration that is prevalent not only in their communities but in their homes. These tours provide a glimpse into the endless possibilities outside of their own communities. CTG works with multiple organizations to provide college campus visits primarily for students who will be first in their family to attend college.
Budget
$15,000
Program Successes
L attended a college tour of Stanford University with his academy cohort. As he stepped foot onto the beautiful campus, he was forever changed. He knew he would go to college and he worked his hardest to get to Stanford. He was recently accepted to a CSU; he is undaunted in his dreams. No matter what four year university he attends, he will be successful.

This is one of many stories of students whose first steps on a University campus changed them forever. These students learned to reach for the stars and be pleased with where they end up. The stories these students have brought back to their own high school campus has increased enrollment in their academies and their enthusiasm is contagious. They have learned to choose their future and are changing the culture of their schools and their communities.