Ninth Grade Counts Site Visits

This July, engaged funders, partners and community members were invited to join All Hands Raised for one of four Ninth Grade Counts Field Trips — it meant a lot to our school and community partners, and the students they serve, that our guests took the time to visit with them and see impact this summer’s 17 programs, operating at 38 sites, have on our kids. As one former student said at a visit, “Ninth Grade Counts gave me the wings to fly.”

For ten years, All Hands Raised has helped keep our community focused on the critical transition into high school. Our students succeed when we all work together to provide the support and interventions to keep them on track. To this end, we work closely with our Ninth Grade Counts partners to pull and analyze data, ensuring that programs are able to learn from one another and to focus on what’s making an impact. One of our most successful strategies has been the development of a common curriculum developed alongside our six partner school districts, allowing culturally-specific program to offer their students a 0.5 credit for completing the summer and resulting in more than 6,000 students earning the credits they need to stay on track over the last decade.

For a closer look at the impact that Ninth Grade Counts can have on our community’s kids, hear from Nicole, who spent a summer at the Native American Youth & Family Center.