Let's Get Ready (LGR) is an innovative, growing nonprofit that provides students from low-income circumstances with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Founded in 1998, Let’s Get Ready has reached more than 33,000 students with the support of 11,000 committed and highly trained college coaches. Working in partnership with schools and community-based organizations from throughout the northeastern United States in diverse communities ranging from Maine to Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts, LGR serves more than 13,000 high school and college students annually. LGR operates with a staff of 18 out of its headquarters in NYC and a regional office in Boston.
Our programs harness the passion, dedication, and drive of near-peer mentors with strategic guidance by a seasoned professional staff who supervise all of our programs. Let’s Get Ready’s mentors are young adults who are either currently enrolled in college or recent college graduates. As such, they understand on a deeply personal level the academic demands, social concerns, and other outside factors that become roadblocks for students on their path to earning a college degree. Through these meaningful connections with their mentors, students not only have access to information about preparing for and navigating the college entrance process, they also gain the self-efficacy skills and a sense of belonging that will ultimately make them successful in earning a college degree.
Let’s Get Ready’s program happens in three distinct phases:
College Access offers high school juniors an in-person, on-site course that is designed to prepare students for taking the SAT exam and to provide them with an overview of the college admissions and financial aid process. College Transition addresses the needs of high school seniors throughout the application process and prepares students for entering college life. Students are enrolled in the College Transition program for support throughout their senior year and during the vulnerable period between college acceptance and attendance, when students with fewer resources and less knowledge about college life may fail to matriculate. College Success ensures that students complete their education within six years of entering college by providing them with critical resources, tools, and support systems needed to adapt to college life and succeed year-over-year.
LGR students are extraordinarily successful; of those who increased their SAT scores, the average increase is 96 points; and 86% of Let’s Get Ready College Access participants enroll in college after high school, compared to 54% of their peers nationally and, of the first cohort that have received LGR’s full program, 52% have graduated college in four years, which is well-above the six-year rate of 21% for students coming from a low-income background or who are first-generation-to-college.
Let's Get Ready (LGR) is an innovative, growing nonprofit that provides students from low-income circumstances with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from…