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The Prudential Foundation awarded a $125,000 grant to Achieve Hartford to support the organization’s direct service work and the ALL IN! Coalition for College and Career Readiness that serves Hartford Public Schools (HPS) graduates.

With the ongoing pandemic increasing levels of uncertainty for the high school Class of 2022 and current college students, Hartford youth need support more than ever. With its partners, such as the Prudential Foundation, Achieve Hartford is working to close  opportunity gaps HPS graduates face in reaching their goals to attain postsecondary education. Students, their families, communities and the economy benefit when students receive some education after high school, be it a two or fouryear college or university degree, a trade school or a skillstraining program.

Prudential’s support for Achieve Hartford’s role as the backbone of the ALL IN! Coalition ensures the continued focus on systemschange in Hartford; this allows resources across sectors to target high school students’ postsecondary planning and preparation.

These students, especially seniors, receive support from high school counselors and teachers, communitybased organization staff and higher education. The coalition aligns this support to increase the number of students enrolling in some type of postsecondary education, which improves their chances for staying in the talent pipeline.

The program support grant from Prudential will also support Achieve Hartford’s Summer
Transition and College Persistence programs. This past summer, the Summer Transition program offered free peer mentoring support to 242 HPS graduates on their way to community college to help them complete the matriculation process to start college this fall. Once these students started college at Capital or Manchester community colleges, the College Persistence program provided them with peer mentors to guide, cajole and inspire them to continue their studies when they faced challenges
such as food insecurity, technological glitches, time management and fear of failure.

Elevating the number of Hartford students who earn a living wage will help revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods, strengthen economic development and help reduce qualityoflife, economic and health disparities.

“We’re working with our partners to increase the number of HPS graduates who get to and through postsecondary education, so they can fill the jobs offered by Connecticut employers and end the cycle of poverty for them and their families,” says Paul Diego Holzer, Achieve Hartford’s executive director. “Hartford students are intelligent, hardworking and tenacious, yet only a small fraction of them get the guidance they need to pursue their postsecondary education. We are honored to support the journey of those who really need the help, and we couldn’t do it without the Prudential Foundation’s continued support of our work. The Foundation’s commitment to our organization has helped us energize members of the community to organize resources and people in ways that really impact students.”

About the Prudential Foundation:

Prudential was founded on the belief that financial security should be within reach for
everyone. It’s a challenge we’ve embraced for more than 140 years. A strong sense of
social responsibility has remained embedded in the company, guiding our efforts to help
people now and in future generations achieve peace of mind and a more secure future.

About Achieve Hartford:

Achieve Hartford joins a group of public and privatesector leaders from Hartford Public
Schools, City Hall, local companies, nonprofits, higher education and philanthropy
working to ensure educational success for students in Hartford’s high schools through
postsecondary degree completion. Our mission is to close the educational opportunity
and achievement gap and build a valuable talent pipeline here in Hartford.
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