The mission of Northwest Education Access (formerly Seattle Education Access is to provide comprehensive and individualized support to help low-income young people, ages 16-29, in King and Pierce Counties build their own path to higher education and beyond. Our goals are to:
NWEA welcomes all races; all religions and worldviews; all ethnic, cultural, and national backgrounds; all immigration statuses; all sexual orientations; all genders; all abilities; and all the intersections of these identities.
NWEA fights poverty and homelessness by helping low-income young people make strong transitions to local community colleges and four-year universities. Many of our students have been homeless; others are immigrants, foster youth, or young parents. NWEA is the only college access organization in Washington State – and one of few in the US – that serves students who did not successfully complete high school. What they all share in common is motivation to complete their educations, coupled with a lack of adequate resources to achieve their goals. We provide our students with financial and social resources so they can excel academically, as well as personalized, compassionate, respectful academic advising and advocacy. As a result, our students are succeeding in higher education and leaving poverty behind, preparing to give back to society as professionals and leaders of the next generation.
NWEA began in 2002 as a small group of volunteers and fewer than a dozen students. In 2020, NWEA will serve approximately 1,000 students across our service area. Of those students, 100% are low-income, 78% are people of color, 76% are the first in their family to attend college, and 51% have experienced homelessness. Students are served at partner sites, including community and technical colleges, high school re-engagement sites, GED programs, and organizations serving youth experiencing homelessness.
The mission of Northwest Education Access (formerly Seattle Education Access is to provide comprehensive and individualized support to help low-income young people, ages 16-29, in King and Pierce Counties build their own path to higher…