WHAT IS SUMMER MELT?
the phenomenon that students pay a deposit to attend a particular college, but do not matriculate to college the following fall
Until recently, the education community thought that high school seniors who had received financial aid and were accepted to college were going to college. Surprisingly however,
one in five—and in some communities nearly one in two—low-income high school graduates, who have plans to attend college, fail to matriculate to college!
According to recent research, factors that contribute to this trend are:
the absence of school support, confusion over paperwork, lack of guidance, and
the teenage tendency to procrastinate.
OUR RESPONSE TO SUMMER MELT
For the first time ever, the student ambassadors and advisors at Project 88 are challenging all seniors (in the city of Houston and beyond) to take the Summer Melt Pledge!
Students that take the Summer Melt Pledge are encouraged to wear our Project 88
“I WILL SHOW UP!” Summer Melt Pledge wristband, as well as join our online support community on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
At Project 88, we believe that in the world of education reform, peer-to-peer influence is often underestimated! Students that take the Summer Melt Pledge are encouraged to spread the pledge, and get others (at their school and in their circle of friends) to take the pledge as well!
DOWNLOAD PLEDGE FORM
CALL TO ACTION - PART ONE
TAKE THE SUMMER MELT PLEDGE
So what do you say?! If you are a senior at your high school, take our pledge now
and proudly wear your Project 88 wristband!
Just fill out the form below to take the pledge and we'll send you a wristband!
CALL TO ACTION - PART TWO
JOIN THE ONLINE SUPPORT COMMUNITY
Our online support community will function as a peer-to-peer support group. These social platforms will be a common “space” for students to discuss summer deadlines, ask questions, answer questions, and inquire about the college enrollment and matriculation process.
Studies have shown that peer mentoring, text messages, and social media are all low-cost responses that can drastically change (and even eradicate) summer melt!