How does OpenDoors work?
Working collaboratively with parents, schools, and community partners, OpenDoors helps students K-12 prepare for college by providing educational intervention, resource support, mentoring, and out of school time programs for students and their families. Our work includes: age-appropriate opportunities like after-school and weekend STEAM focused enrichment, year-round homework help, literacy-focused tutoring, academic assessments , summer & extracurricular planning and enrollment, and educational consulting for parents, students, schools, and other partner organizations.
OpenDoors students in 11th & 12th grade actively participate in their own success by meeting with staff and volunteers for college guidance, attending college tours, completing FAFSA applications, receiving college application assistance, guided scholarship research, and attending on-campus summer experiences. We stay connected with students and their families as they move To and Through high school and college graduation, with the goal of minimal financial debt.
When students graduate and enter college, OpenDoors provides To and Through financial awards for tuition, fees, books, and supplies, plus access to internships, mentoring, financial advising, progress monitoring, and planning for next-steps after graduation. For students who decide college is not yet right for them, OpenDoors provides resume writing coaching, job networking, and career-development referrals.
OpenDoors’ method is student constant, instead of being program constant. We prioritize students who have the academic ability to complete college, but may not yet demonstrate their potential. We assess each student’s individual needs and connect them to appropriate resources at all levels of education and experience.
We are united in a commitment to fairness, working together to change children’s’ lives.