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Meet the Staff: Joseph Colón

Joseph Colón is the Assistant Director of Collective Action at the Foundation for Tacoma Students. A Tacoma native, he is a collective action leader and anti-racism activist with a passion for social justice, equity, and systems change.  His extensive cross-sector experience spans local, grassroots organizations to institutions of higher education. Joseph brings a unique situatedness to his role at the Foundation for Tacoma Students, as a first generation, biracial, latinx scholar who took a circuitous, non-traditional path to and through higher education.  His primary role at the Foundation is to [...]

Meet the Staff: Joseph Colón2019-08-14T13:12:23-07:00

Investing in Tacoma: Frequently Asked Questions

The Foundation for Tacoma Students is thrilled to launch a two-year investment of $2.5 million by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to deepen the capacity and capability of the Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement. One of just five communities nationwide to receive this funding opportunity, Tacoma is the only community selected with proposed investments rooted deeply in increasing community partner capacity and capability. This time-bound grant has the potential to drive catalytic systems improvement by investing in three granting areas: Community Partner Capacity & Capability; Data Capacity & Capability; Postsecondary [...]

Investing in Tacoma: Frequently Asked Questions2019-07-29T17:17:43-07:00

New Investments in Tacoma!

Dear Partners and Friends, It's an honor to share some exciting news! We are thrilled to announce a new and game-changing investment into the larger Tacoma community aimed at deepening and scaling partnerships for student success. This month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $2.5 million to be invested over the next two years into increasing the capacity and capability of the Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement! Your collective support for Tacoma's future generation of leaders and professionals has become a national model for working together. This investment is recognition [...]

New Investments in Tacoma!2019-06-27T15:54:09-07:00

Info Sessions: Investing in Tacoma

We are thrilled to announce a new and game-changing investment into the larger Tacoma community aimed at deepening and scaling partnerships for student success. This month, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $2.5 million to be invested over the next two years into increasing the capacity and capability of the Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement! The Foundation for Tacoma Students will direct these new funds into three investment areas: Community Partner Capacity & Capability; Data Capacity & Capability; and Postsecondary Access & Completion. Click one of the below times to [...]

Info Sessions: Investing in Tacoma2019-07-02T12:04:45-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Ready to Rise

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  “Ready to Rise is a leadership opportunity for students to join a cohort of high school graduates who will be attending the same college as them. Students transitioning into college are often not prepared to handle the social dynamics of this new environment. Time management, dorm life and encountering new personalities can feel overwhelming. Here, students come together during a community retreat where they meet others from Tacoma and start to bond. We provide leadership and college preparation training in the [...]

Partner Spotlight: Ready to Rise2019-05-01T15:07:42-07:00

Partner Spotlight: College-Ready, College-Bound

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  “The Higher Education Readiness Opportunity (HERO) builds college awareness in 9th and 10th grade students at Foss, Wilson and Mt. Tahoma High School. We personally and academically support students to overcome barriers to college readiness while exposing them to career and college opportunities. We help 9th grade scholars understand the importance of grades once you’re in high school and practical things they can do to keep them up. Our 10th grade program includes test preparation and a more-pronounced emphasis on college [...]

Partner Spotlight: College-Ready, College-Bound2019-05-01T14:12:19-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Celebrating Each Other

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  “The theme for Oakland High School’s first prom is Under The Stars. This is a big deal for students because it’s the first out-of-school special event where they get to dress up and have a traditional high school experience. We don’t have sports events, homecoming or pep assemblies at Oakland, which has taken away opportunity for students to get to know each other outside of class. Since Oakland has kids from all over Pierce County, it is hard for them to [...]

Partner Spotlight: Celebrating Each Other2019-05-01T14:13:58-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Leveling the Playing Field

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  “Some students get nervous when they know they have a big test coming up, so the more exposure they have to the material, the more comfortable they feel — thus helping alleviate test anxiety and building confidence. Providing opportunities for test prep helps students become more familiar with what to expect on the actual test day. This year, students had the opportunity to prepare for the SAT by attending a webinar-style workshop provided by Enhanced Prep, which offers students test-taking tips [...]

Partner Spotlight: Leveling the Playing Field2019-05-01T14:14:45-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Spending More Time

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  “In 2011, Lincoln High School earned a state innovation designation for its work piloting Lincoln Center, a “school within a school” providing students with 450 extra instruction hours over the course of their high school career. Due to the proven success of the students who voluntarily participated in Lincoln Center, all of Lincoln High School has since adopted the extended day, homework help and academic advising model. Lincoln 2.0 amplifies student success with more challenging coursework, designated time for career exploration, [...]

Partner Spotlight: Spending More Time2019-05-01T14:15:31-07:00

Partner Spotlight: Mentoring for Success

This piece was featured in the 2019 Community Impact Report.  “Big Brothers Big Sisters provides stable, caring adult mentors for children and youth living with adversity, starting them on a path to resilience and success. Over time, these relationships balance out the effects of hardship, giving children a way to thrive despite the challenges they face. Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 195 kids in Tacoma and Pierce County. While no two children are alike, here are a few factors that affect our kids:     84% are eligible for free [...]

Partner Spotlight: Mentoring for Success2019-05-01T14:16:17-07:00