In October 2021, PennyLoafer donors collectively gave to UPchieve!
Years founded: 2017
Leadership: Co-founder and Executive Director, Aly Murray, was herself a low-income student, raised by her single mother from Cuba. A graduate of community college and Penn, she’s been featured in Forbes 30 under 30.
Issue they address: Lack of access to academic support for low-income students, which impacts HS and college graduation rates + upward mobility.
What they do: Free online, on-demand tutoring and college counseling for low-income students, 24/7
How they do it:
A network of dedicated, remote volunteer tutors in 15+ subjects.
Eligible students ages 13+ create an account and request support.
They’re matched with a tutor on the platform within 5 minutes - 24/7.
Platform has chat + whiteboard features.
UPchieve is impressive. They have a small, passionate team; many with lived experience as low-income students. They recently hit a huge milestone of helping 10,000 students through the platform.
For more, read some of their favorite student feedback.
🤔 What does the college completion gap look like? The commonly used indicator of college success is completing a bachelor’s degree in six years.
💡 Interested in flexible tutoring? UPchieve is always looking for volunteer, online academic coaches. Brush up on that algebra and help a student out!
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.