For nearly 24 years, Raising Expectations (RE) has been serving some of the city's most under-resourced neighborhoods of Atlanta. We empower youth in crises by elevating their academic, social and civic expectations so they can graduate high school and pursue post-secondary education.
Often the first in their families - or even communities - to receive high school diplomas and college degrees, we are inspired every day by the feeling of success they get from realizing the greatest versions of themselves. We encourage our youth to aim high, and we create programs that give them the tools and resources to soar. By raising the expectations we have for our children in at-risk communities, we allow them to blossom. It's our passion and life's work. Join us in creating more possibilities and opportunities for our city’s children and youth that need us the most.
Your support for the GA Gives Day campaign allows us to offer children and youth up to 12 hours of programs that focus on academics and build on the other critical capacities needed to succeed in life. We engage with our children, youth and families through a longitudinal model, weaving in and coordinating supportive services that include STE(A)M based learning, social exposure opportunities, personal decision making skills and college and career coaching.
RE has served over 2200 children and youth with customized programs, for those that remain in RE, 96% graduate high school with post-secondary plans. For the past five years, we have been tracking college graduation rates for those that remain engaged with RE through college. Over 70% of RE Alums graduate with a college degree within 5 years with our consistent support.