A college degree changes everything. At College Access Now (CAN), we believe that the pursuit and attainment of a college degree is both necessary and achievable for all high school students, regardless of their background. Our focus is on recruiting students who are not already on track for college, and helping them attend and graduate. CAN mentors build relationships with students and help them break down the process into manageable steps - offering practical and emotional support as they navigate applications, financial aid, and family obligations.
CAN was founded with a commitment to provide personalized practical support for highly-motivated, low-income students in our local Seattle Public Schools. Volunteers began serving 29 high school seniors at Garfield High School in 2005. CAN's grassroots beginnings have grown to include evidence-based college access curriculum assisting students in pursuit of a college degree. Over the years, CAN's High School Program model has scaled to serve both juniors and seniors at additional high schools. And in 2012, CAN launched a College Persistence Program to offer formal support to students through college graduation.
Today – in the 2014-15 academic year – CAN serves 560 students in 6 Seattle public high schools and 650 high school graduates and college students throughout the state and across the country.