If you spend a day with CREATE’s staff, you might already meet a teacher getting professional development support, an inner city youth group with a passion for health, or a group of students learning critical skills for literacy and writing.

Now CREATE welcomes the addition of two leading partners whose mission is to identify and serve close to 4,000 low income, first generation youth with academic preparation and college-ready services.

UCSD’s Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) currently serves 22 sites in San Diego and Imperial Counties, working with a mix of school sites and community centers.  EAOP provides college advising, college and career exploration activities, online tutoring and SAT preparation to over 3,000 students that are from historically disadvantaged and low socio-economic status populations.

TRIO Outreach Programs consists of three federal pre-college programs: Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science and Talent Search.  TRIO Outreach Programs works with over 800 students across 16 schools providing college advising, tutoring support, Saturday workshops, and even a summer residential experience at UCSD.  The mission and goal of these federal programs are to ensure that students graduate from high school and then immediately enroll in  post-secondary education and graduate with their degree.

EAOP and TRIO Outreach Programs work with specific sites, and serve students from 9th through 12th grade.  Services are intensified during the senior year, with both programs providing college application reviews and financial aid assistance.  EAOP and TRIO also track students’ grades, coursework, test scores and post-secondary enrollment.

Developing research-based, best practice strategies for reducing the college-going gap for low income and first generation students, including through exploring the role of new technologies in youth outreach, will be the foundation of this new partnership with CREATE.

What do you get when you mix research-based educational practices, teacher development, institutional commitment to serving inner city youth and an equity focus?

Why CREATE of course!