It’s not a newsflash that college costs have spiraled out of control. Many colleges expect students or parents to borrow huge amounts of money to finance their education. For RISE’s low-income students, funding for college has been manageable recently but may reach a crisis state before long.
In Paul's previous life, he taught math and coached tennis for nine years at the Edmund Burke School. In the class of 1987 was a gifted student-athlete, Andrew Prevost, pictured above. Andrew was instrumental in bringing Burke its first soccer and tennis championships in school history. Andrew and I kept in touch over the years, but we lived separate lives for the most part, Andrew starting a family and developing his career, and I in Anacostia. Since the summer, however, Andrew has been an incredibly dedicated college mentor to one of our members of the class of 2017.
Sierra has been with RISE since the summer of 2014, when, at the recommendation of many of her peers, she joined the CollegePrep program. In some ways she has been the “can’t miss” kid, number one in her class of 2016 and a superb dancer. How might RISE help, you may ask? Her college mentor, Ashley Nguyen, has been helping Sierra assimilate the myriad of offers and conflicting advice she is getting from coaches, teachers, and counselors.