Capital Partners for Education’s mission is to mentor low-income high school and college students in the academic middle from the Washington, DC area to provide the skills and experiences they need to successfully complete college and excel in the workforce. Founded in 1993, Capital Partners for Education (CPE) believes low-income students can gain upward economic mobility if they are matched with college-educated mentors, given educational opportunities, and guided through the college application, enrollment, and completion process.
CPE’s program begins in the 10th grade and continues through high school and college. Committed to serving students for those full seven years, CPE’s mentoring program is unique for both its depth and scope, including:
ONE-TO-ONE MENTORING: CPE’s evidence-based program provides direct interventions focused on college access, persistence, and skill development. Through weekly student-mentor interactions, mentors provide students with emotional, social, and academic guidance, and access to professional networks typically out of reach for low-income, first-generation college students.
INDIVIDUALIZED STAFF SUPPORT: Each student-mentor relationship is supported through individualized case management by CPE staff who provide curriculum, resources, guidance on the college and financial aid application processes, and training in skills for college persistence and career success.
COLLEGE ACCESS: With the support of CPE staff, mentors work with students on the college application and selection process, including SAT preparation, financial aid guidance, choosing postsecondary schools to visit and apply to, and identifying scholarships and support systems.
COLLEGE PERSISTENCE: Mentors follow a program to address major activities that occur each year of college. Mentors communicate with mentees weekly and students participate in programming to teach them to effectively budget in college, navigate college culture, and seek resources on campus.
CAREER READINESS: Life skill development training and guidance beginning in high school helps students develop the aptitudes that can propel them in their education and careers. CPE has partnerships with many of the largest employers in the region to help build bridges and programming to ensure students are career-ready.