In August 2021, PennyLoafer donors collectively gave to the National Education Equity Lab!
Years founded: 2019
Leadership: Leslie Cornfield, founder and CEO, is a former federal civil rights prosecutor and served as an education advisor under the Obama administration. Read more about the team.
Issue they address: the opportunity divide and lack of access to top universities for high school students in low-income communities.
What they do: provide a scalable College-in-High School model at no cost to students.
How they do it:
Partner with Universities (Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Howard, and more) + public schools across the country
Online college credit-bearing courses from top universities are co-taught with a trained teacher in the high school classroom.
Students receive additional supports (mentors, built-in resources)
It’s a newer nonprofit with a scalable model. They’re expanding quickly with a small team and impressive board. Students get access to elite universities, gain college credits and build their confidence. The universities build a new pipeline of prospective students that live outside of where they typically recruit.
It’s back-to-school season. And with the influx of federal stimulus dollars, many school districts are rushing to meet the mental health needs of incoming students. Consider the following:
More staff and resources. Approximately 44% of school district leaders say they have added mental health-focused staff, while another 32% are trying to do so.
If you enjoyed this and want to get involved, you can support the Quality Education cause on PennyLoafer, starting with as little as $5/month. Each month, you’ll support and learn about a different nonprofit working to improve the education system.