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STUDENT U

Expanding student support services from fifth grade through college and integrating a learner profile tool

By providing direct services during summer break and after school, and advocating for students and families within schools, Student U ensures that students in Durham, North Carolina, develop the academic skills and personal well-being needed to succeed in college and beyond. Its grant allows Student U to work not only with students in grades 6-10, but to continue working with them through high school and college graduation and empower students to become traditional and non-traditional leaders in their communities.

“We, the Student U students, are on the path to becoming teachers, leaders, community activists, organizers, and most importantly, world changers. We are putting forth the effort and continuously striving to discover our best selves while sharing our brilliance with the world.”

– Danielle Evans, Student U Class of 2017

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • 11% of low-income students who enroll in college graduate within six years.
  • 100% of Student U students graduate from high school.

  • 91% of Student U students persist through college.

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

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SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- Metacognition

- Youth Voices

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Video

 

Article

 

Tool

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Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Alex Lowe

Position:

Email: alex.lowe@studentudurham.org

 

 

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

100% of Student U students have graduated from high school, 93% of students have enrolled in post-secondary education, and 91% have persisted through post-secondary education. As our students succeed at navigating through school, they are able to create a more just system, advocating for structural and cultural changes to impact racial and economic inequity.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

As a result of racial inequity and childhood poverty, low-income and potential first generation college students are less likely to succeed within the system of education in Durham and around the country.  Student U students, those who are more impacted by these systemic problems, are best equipped to solve these problems.

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Student U is a direct service organization that believes all students in Durham, North Carolina, have the ability to succeed through middle school, high school and ultimately graduate from post-secondary education. The core values it seeks to develop in students are to share their brilliance, dream fearlessly, respect self and others, energize their community, discover their best self, and achieve greatness. In order to do so, Student U offers a range of quality academic and social/emotional health services, including year-round tutoring and mentoring, remedial academic courses, internships, and a 6-week academic summer program.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, Student U is expanding its pipeline of student services through high school graduation and college and introducing a learner profile tool. As Student U’s oldest class of students began high school in 2010, the programme staff quickly realized the challenges students faced in high school were very different from those faced in middle school. This led to the creation of the new Student U high school program, which at first extended through only eleventh grade. With funding from Oak and others, Student U is extending its reach through high school graduation and college. In addition, Student U is partnering with a variety of partners to better understand how to support the individual needs of all students and how to integrate differentiated interventions into Student U programming.

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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