New Haven Promise is a scholarship and support program designed to promote college education as an aspiration for all New Haven Public School students.
Yale University, the City of New Haven, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and New Haven Public Schools announced and launched New Haven Promise on November 9, 2010. The original goal of Promise was to incentivize academic achievement and to ensure the existence of an educated workforce to function in the city's knowledge-based economy.
New Haven Promise currently has four primary goals:
• Foster a college-going culture among New Haven public school students and motivate students to gain admission to college
• Broaden and deepen community support for the New Haven Promise program
• Motivate scholars to graduate from college within four years
• Facilitate scholars' return to live, work, and participate fully in the greater New Haven Community
New Haven Promise is one of the nation’s largest and most visible responses to a problem faced by numerous cities across the country. With outward migration, economic decline, and poor education outcomes becoming more and more ubiquitous nationally, place-based scholarships like New Haven Promise have emerged as a potential solution. In the past five years, New Haven Promise has indeed had a tremendous impact on the City of New Haven. We hope you’ll join us for the next five years to continue to provide support for the future leaders of New Haven.
New Haven Promise is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Since its foundation, Promise has received generous support from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The Community Foundation funds and administers Promise. For more information about The Community Foundation, please view its profile on giveGreater.org.
Promise has seen an increase in the number of students who qualify for the scholarship as well as the number of students who accept the award each year since the program's inception. In 2013, a record 486 students applied for a Promise scholarship; 203 qualified and 169 accepted the scholarship.
The Partnership is a holistic continuum of support services for students and parents that begins in kindergarten and follows a student through college graduation into their career.
In the K-8s, New Haven Promise Partnership helped create a college-going curriculum that serves as a feeder program for the work that College Summit, a nationally known college-readiness program, is doing in the NHPS high schools. Together, these two programs create a comprehensive preK-12 college-going curriculum.
In the community, the Partnership recruits volunteers who go door-to-door to speak with parents about how Promise can benefit their family. The Partnership also offers college-focused financial literacy classes for parents with the goal of giving parents the information they need to help their student make an informed choice about college.
The Partnership is developing on-campus support networks for our growing group of Promise Scholars currently enrolled in college. The Partnership will also offer internships, resume and job interview training to help our students succeed in college and life.
New Haven Public Schools is one of the first school districts in the nation to implement a preK-12 college-going program. In May 2011, Pathways to Promise was launched to map the work being done in the high schools through the District’s partnership with College Summit. College Summit, a nationally recognized nonprofit helps students connect the dots between college and career goals and the academic decisions they make each day. Over the next four years, College Summit will be phased in to all New Haven Public School high schools thanks to support from Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven Promise: Partnership’s flagship sponsor) and Wells Fargo.
Patricia Melton, a first-generation college student and graduate of Yale, is the Executive Director of New Haven Promise. Her career has spanned several educational levels — universities, traditional public schools, public charter schools and independent schools.
Most recently, Melton served as the Assistant Dean of Instruction for the Early College program at Vincennes University in Indianapolis, Ind. Early College blends high school and college: students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree.
In that post, Melton developed the strategic plan for Ben Davis University High School and implemented the plan at six other schools. The BDU partnership is one of the highest performing early colleges in the nation: 100 percent of BDU students received their high school diploma and 85 percent completed the associate degree from Vincennes University.
Melton rebranded and strengthened X-Mester, a signature program at BDU. The program pairs mostly first-generation aspiring college students — who study and live on a university campus for two weeks — with “fellows,” elite college students and graduates who serve as teachers, mentors and role models. Several of the fellows have since joined the educational field and participating students’ performance has improved by a cumulative full letter grade in just two years.
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New Haven Promise was incorporated on December 31, 2015. We are in the first fiscal year and will file the first Form 990 by the end of November 2016.
The financials listed for this profile are that of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which funds and administer New Haven Promise. For more information about The Community Foundation, please visit its profile on giveGreater.org.
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