Low-income youth living in the shadows of the Nation's Capitol face failing in school, spending time with gangs on the streets or getting in trouble with the law. The Higher Achievement Program (HAP) reverses the odds by offering 9 to 14 year olds in Washington's most distressed neighborhoods a chance at a great education.
Statistics show that a child's developmental standing at the end of eighth grade determines if he or she will go to college. 500 low-income students enrolled in HAP programs are attending 650 hours of after-school and summer programs and are learning higher order math, conducting science experiments and studying classic and modern literature. By the end of the eighth grade, more than 75 percent receive a letter of acceptance to the Washington region's most prestigious private and public high schools.
The over $1,200,000 raised by the partnership with CharityWorks allowed an additional 200 at-risk middle school children to enroll in HAP's award-winning programs.