The goal of the program, named Project Link, is to ensure that more students have the opportunity to develop personal relationships with professionals who are focused exclusively on the process of supporting them through high school and ensuring a seamless transition to college, where they will receive continued support. To achieve this, Project Link will provide staff at local high schools as well as MCC and TSTC to ensure that students have a coach and cheerleader from ninth grade through college. Ultimately, the grant is intended to increase college enrollment and success among Waco-area students.
The Rapoport Foundation is providing funding through Texas State Technical College for the second year of Prosper Waco - Project Link in the amount of $126,618.00. The grant funds two Link Impact Team Members at University High School to work with students and provide support enabling each student to define his/her own post-secondary path. Other partners include: McLennan Community College, LaVega ISD, and the City of Waco.
Collective impact requires diverse organizations to work collaboratively to solve big-picture challenges like increasing the rate of post-secondary success for Waco-area students. It also requires a backbone organization like Prosper Waco to help coordinate activities, track outcomes, and communicate progress. As the Project Link grantee, Prosper Waco helps to meet the Rapoport Foundation Board’s requirements for measurement and accountability across the multiple organizations involved in the grant, and by providing oversight of the project’s implementation, data tracking, outcomes and reporting to the Rapoport Foundation.
Photo and information courtesy of Project Link website.