Practice Makes Perfect, Inc.

The Problem

The social need for Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) affirms success for the program. For under-represented youth in low-income communities, attending school often does not translate into a quality education and life prospects. PMP is working to address the achievement gap that plagues our students and our economy. According to Joel Klein, who is the former Chancellor of the Department of Education of NY, “We are never going to fix poverty in America until we fix education.” To become self-sufficient, children need an excellent education that will prepare them for the practical and economic challenges of the twenty-first century. Unfortunately, the achievement gap has only continued to widen as resources for education have been reallocated to provide jobs and stimulate to prevent a depressed economy. The achievement gap is most prevalent in minority and low-income households. Minority children attending schools in low-income communities are known for having lower graduation rates and are less likely to attend college. If immigration persists at its current levels, the US Census estimates that by 2023 that minority children will comprise more than 50% of the school-aged population. In 2009, McKinsey and Company analyzed the achievement disparity and concluded that the inequity in education costs the US between $310 billion and $525 billion each year, which is the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession. These statistics alone demonstrate how poorly our nation is dealing with unequal allocations of academic resources, and that a change is essential. PMP is that change.

Plan of Action

Practice Makes Perfect narrows the achievement gap by pairing high achieving high school students with academically struggling middle school students from the same inner-city neighborhoods and puts them under the supervision of college interns for a four-year academic intensive summer program. This summer, Practice Makes Perfect is committed to operating 10 programs that will impact 500 low-income students across NYC, which is 300% more than the previous summer.

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