There is an access and opportunity divide.
We’re committed to changing the inequality it causes.
College access education is our tool.
We help students and their families overcome systemic
high school to college and graduation to work force
Our approach is unique.
We engage students and their families in a culturally sensitive manner and introduces them to college access strategies and best practices that increase best fit college selection, acceptances, scholarship awards, retention and graduation rates while minimizing college debt.
Over 4,300 students and parents guided through college admission process
Over $68 Million in scholarships and grants earned by coached our students
Over 600 students provided one-on-one, college access coaching sessions
97% college enrollment rate immediately following high school
98% college graduation rate
Step Ahead Scholars began organically, as a college prep workshop
in response to inequality that Black, LatinX, Immigrant and First-Generation students face in under-resourced schools.
It quickly became a go-to college access initiative
as students and their families realized it provided access to information, resources, skill sets and strategies needed for successful college transitions.
In 2010, Kamal Carter, an Atlanta public school teacher, in response to students facing educational disparity and unequal opportunities, created Lunch With a Mentor, a volunteer mentoring program that offered students real world life experiences.
Debra Nealy, a college access and equity advocate, volunteered. When one senior asked for help, she successfully guided them through the process and began developing the Step Ahead Scholars
To and Through College Model.
Together, Kamal and Debra with the help of volunteers, are bridging the college equity divide.