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Educating Children of Promise since 1965

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Program Model: A Formula for Success

We prepare students to go “to, through and beyond” college with our high-quality academic courses, college and career counseling, and social-emotional guidance that support students’ resilience and persistence for success.

Through our three-component model - Academic Enrichment, College & Career Success, Healthy Minds & Bodies - we provide a comprehensive and responsive approach to meet students’ needs.

Need:
In 2014, 53% of NYC students, most of whom Black and Latino, did not meet threshold requirements for college. Their lack of educational attainment blocked an important pathway out of poverty and the social mobility that benefits the individual, family, community and society.  

Solution:
DDC’s expanded program model now includes these three essential components: Academic Enrichment; College & Career Success; and Healthy Minds & Bodies. Through our more robust and comprehensive approach to college readiness, we are maximizing the impact on our students’ educational attainments and socioeconomic mobility.

Need: 
Poverty undermines young people’s educational opportunities and academic success by limiting their access to rigorous and diverse learning experiences that can prepare them for higher education

Solution:
DDC’s Academic Enrichment activities strengthen students’ academic competencies and behaviors that are requisite for college success by immersing them in innovative project-based learning and tutorial services across the Humanities, STEM, and the Arts.

Need:
With less guidance and fewer resources, low-income and first-generation students tend to lack the knowledge and skills to effectively access and persist through college.

Solution:
DDC’s College & Career Success activities develop students’ knowledge, awareness, and competencies to effectively navigate through the high school graduation, college admissions, financial aid & financial literacy, and college transition processes so that they can persist to college graduation.  They also explore a range of careers through different opportunities ranging from career panels, job shadowing, and paid internships. 

Need:
Low-income and first generation students’ journey to college graduation can be derailed by a lower sense of belonging on a college campus, anxiety about communicating with faculty and campus peers, diminished sense of efficacy, and weaker network of support amongst family and friends who may not understand their transition to college.

Solution:
DDC’s Healthy Minds & Bodies activities help students build the necessary dispositions and skills to support their resilience and persistence for lifelong success as well as their capacity to nurture their physical and mental well-being so they are able to attain their post-secondary goals.

DDC embraces the idea that college readiness is the level of preparation a student needs to enroll and succeed—without remediation—in a credit-bearing general education course in order to advance to the next sequential course in the subject area at a postsecondary institution.  We also recognize that the cost of not being college ready minimally can total $68,000 when loss of salary earnings is considered.