ALearn 2015 Annual Report
Dear ALearn Friends and Supporters,
At ALearn, we believe, as Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” We aim to change the world, hundreds of students at a time. Focusing on prospective first-generation college students from underserved backgrounds, ALearn seeks to close the op- portunity gap which keeps so many students from low-income backgrounds from attending and successfully completing college. Education is the weapon of social and economic justice.
2015 was indeed a great year at ALearn. We changed the lives of over 1,500 students, boosting their math proficiency, college readiness, and “growth mindset.” It’s hard to believe we started in 2008 with just 100 students! Over the past 8 years, we have served 8,000 students in 15 school districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
At ALearn we have built a learning organization of dedicated professionals who partner with public school districts, their teachers, students and counselors, to increase underserved students’ access to high quality, blended learning programs. With the help of a stellar Board, we have developed a solid and diverse revenue base that allows us to grow every year and serve even more students.
In 2016, we have plans for plenty of innovation. Thanks to a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, we are introducing our new Catalyst to College program helping students throughout their high school career. We also initiated several new partnerships with non-profits in East Palo Alto and San Jose which will allow ALearn programs to reach even more students. We continue to evolve in ways that increase our quality and leverage our resources cost effectively.
We invite you to see our impact and join us in the ALearn mission to change the lives of prospective first-generation college students from underserved backgrounds.
Kathryn S. Hanson, Founder & CEO
Diane Frankle, Board Chair