PROJECT LAUNCH

100% of RAW's seniors graduate high school with a plan for their future.

 

In 1997, RAW’s art therapy staff began working after hours to help teens navigate the complexities of the college process. In a community where the dropout rates were almost double the state average, many of our teens did not see the possibility of a higher education. RAW believed it could change that reality. Twenty years later, we have built a thriving college access and career exploration program—PROJECT LAUNCH.

ALL of our seniors graduate from high school and over 95% graduates attend college or a workforce development program. RAW staff and a team of 1:1 mentors offer endless support/structure to help find the right path for each RAW teen. Launch helps seniors write strong resumes and essays, as well as job, college, and scholarship applications. Staff work with parents and guardians to help them understand college costs and the financial aid process.

For teens for whom college is not the right choice, Project Launch assists in finding career training opportunities. Launch also provides life skills workshops on topics such as how to dress for an interview, manage time properly, organize their finances, and cook a healthy meal. Project Launch is more than a post-high school prep program; it offers real-life opportunities designed so youth can strengthen their abilities to navigate in the adult world.

RAW HAS HELPED ME SEE WHY I’M IN SCHOOL.  I HAVE GROWN MOST IN HAVING CONFIDENCE.  I LEARNED HOW TO SPEAK UP AND NOT BE SCARED TO JUST BE MYSELF.
— Tony
 
 Aisha Ladd, Vincent Nwokeji, and Jennifer Lopez celebrate their high school graduation with Project Launch Mentor Margaret Waugh. (Project Launch Class of 2018)

Aisha Ladd, Vincent Nwokeji, and Jennifer Lopez celebrate their high school graduation with Project Launch Mentor Margaret Waugh. (Project Launch Class of 2018)

 

Class of 2017 STATS

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This past school year (2017), of the 34 teens who completed Project Launch, 100% graduated from high school and 97% were accepted to a college and/or university.

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The class submitted 175 scholarship applications (tripled from last year) and earned over $2.2 million in scholarships, gift aid and grants.

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94% of the 2017 RAW graduates are attending programs that yield college credits.

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RAW's Project Launch helped 34 seniors submit 342 applications to colleges, with 206 acceptances.

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Eleven of RAW's (34) seniors are going to college with full four-year scholarships, three of which received the prestigious Posse Foundation scholarship.

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88% of RAW's 2017 class are "First Generation," meaning neither of their parents graduated from college.