Community Needs : Youth Engagement K-12, Education, Family Support Services
This grant funded tutors and mentors to help 310 Posse students at La Cumbre Junior High and San Marcos High Schools to realize their potential. Now in its third year at the high school, Posse's Opening Door to College Program aims to help first-generation Latino students from the Santa Barbara Westside community increase high-school graduation rates and college readiness by addressing students' barriers to academic success. These barriers include lack of peer support in advanced classes, insufficient academic and social supports, and absence of positive role models. The Posse Program combines interventions that include mentors, tutors, summer classes, and mandatory, comprehensive parent education courses. Santa Barbara Education Foundation is administering the Women's Fund grant.