Model Program

Project Graduation Really Achieves Dreams (Project GRAD)

Project GRAD USA
1100 Louisiana, Suite 450
Houston, TX 77002
http://www.projectgrad.org

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Contact Information:
Tycene Edd
Director
713.816.0404
tedd@projectgradusa.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School

Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

African-American
Asian/Pacific Islander
Hispanic

Description:

Project GRAD is a comprehensive dropout prevention and college attendance program that works with high schools and their feeder schools to implement multiple reforms. Interventions are implemented that focus on classroom management, student performance, parent involvement, and graduation and college acceptance rates. Annual college scholarships are provided to students who graduate on time, complete a set number of math courses, maintain a minimum grade point average, and attend at least two program-sponsored summer institutes.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Family/Parental Involvement, Mentoring/Tutoring, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $500 - $1000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Several studies using quasi-experimental designs have evaluated the impact of Project GRAD on student outcomes. Participating students, as compared to those in comparison schools, have shown significant: gains in math and reading test scores, decreases in discipline referrals, and gains in college attendance.

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