Model Program

Admission Possible

450 North Syndicate Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55104
http://www.admissionpossible.org

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Contact Information:
David MacLennan
Chairman
651.917.3525
Info@AdmissionPossible.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School

Urban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Admission Possible is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping promising, low-income young people prepare for and earn admission to college. Our mission is to identify low-income high school students with the potential and motivation for college and then to provide them with four critical services: (1) ACT and SAT test preparation; (2) Intensive guidance in preparing college applications; (3) Help in obtaining financial aid; and (4) Guidance in transition to college. Admission Possible was founded on two fundamental beliefs: Many low-income high school students lack the resources to compete effectively for admission to colleges and universities. Colleges and universities are very interested in admitting students from low-income backgrounds, but have difficulty identifying and attracting them.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Bullying/Violence, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: 1999
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low educational expectations

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Low educational expectations

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Local/City/County Agencies
Foundations

Teachers
Counselors
Volunteers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Overall, the results show, Admission Possible has been very effective in helping the students who complete the program gain admission and financial assistance to college. 100% of the 246 students in the program were admitted to college. 91% enrolled in college in fall 2005. 61% were awarded scholarships for a total of $857,369. The average scholarship awarded was $6,168. Students demonstrated a strong commitment to service, with 83% of students performing community service in the past year. available

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level