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15-K Jefferson-Rise Together Initiative

The 15K-Jefferson Rise Together Initiative is a powerful higher education support system for African-American students from the five Zones of Hope Neighborhoods (Shawnee, California, Newburg, Russell, and Parkland.) Students will be supported through:

  • Jefferson on campus mentor and external mentor
  • Enrichment activities and trips
  • Monthly coaching appointments
  • Service learning opportunities
  • Access to Persistence and Graduation Fund to address financial barriers
  • First-year experience, Black Student Leadership, and Peer Mentoring (Rise Together Ambassador)
  • Preferred employment in the Multicultural Center (based on federal work-study eligibility or Ready to Work Program Participation
  • Academic support services

For questions on how to join Rise Together, please email Savvy Shabazz, Assistant Director of Student Success and Community Engagement savvy.shabazz@kctcs.edu

15K-Jefferson Rise Together Initiative Year 1 Data

Race/Ethnicity  Count (17-18)  Fall 17 GPA   Spring 18 GPA   Cumulative  GPA 
Credential Seeking Students
(ALL STUDENTS)
11,760 2.35 GPA 2.38 GPA 2.49 GPA
Black/African American Students 2,765 1.96 GPA 1.93 GPA 2.10 GPA
Non-Zones of Hope Black/African American Students 1,898 2.00 GPA 1.95 GPA 2.14 GPA
Black/African American
Zones of Hope Students
867 1.85 GPA 1.89 GPA 2.0 GPA
15K-Rise Together Pilot Cohort

Fall 17- 26 students

Spring 18-18 students

2.74 GPA 2.6 GPA 2.8 GPA