Project IMPACT-Me

Increasing Minority student Performance in Academia by Cultivating Transformative Mentorship

Less minority youth are completing STEM degrees, largely due to insufficient test/study strategies. Black and brown students are scoring lower on standardized tests, limiting admissions success. STEM professionals say that mentorship from someone of identical ethnic background played a significant role in their careers.

To address this, LTPF will implement Project IMPACT-Me, in which we will provide minority high schoolers with near-peer mentorship and SAT tutoring. By psychosocially and academically supporting minority youth, we can increase the percentage of diverse young adults who enter into and complete STEM degrees, thus further advancing and catalyzing the economic development of underserved communities.

Standardized testing is a barrier

Minority students score ~20% lower on standardized tests (e.g. SAT)

We pair near-peer mentors

High school students are matched with undergraduate student mentors in their fields of interest

Mentors tutor for standardized testing

High school student test scores significantly increase from structured tutoring

Students gain a community

 Mentors teach critical topics to guide & prepare high schoolers for college success

LTPF has partnered with prominent organizations to enhance the percentage of minority youth who successfully complete STEM degrees.