We're closing the college graduation gap and setting students up for career success.
More than 40 percent of all students who move on to college do not graduate within six years. The graduation gap is even wider for first-generation college students, minorities, and those from low-income communities. MLT Ascend addresses this gap.
In partnership with the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative, MLT launched the Ascend initiative in 2014. Ascend is a college success and career readiness program in which MLT alumni—our Rising Leaders—volunteer to coach first-generation, low-income college students. Ascend Scholars are paired with MLT alumni volunteers who provide mentorship, accountability, and guidance as Scholars navigate the college experience and prepare for post-graduation careers.
While only eleven percent of first-generation and low-income students complete a Bachelor’s degree nationally, ninety-three percent of Ascend Scholars are on track to earn a Bachelor’s degree in four to six years. Want to learn more about our results? Read our most recent Impact Report.