Leading together is core to our model. The people driving change are often networks of effective leaders working together to get things done, however those networks don’t always represent the full breadth of a community. For our communities to flourish, we need diverse networks of homegrown leaders who love their home and are committed to building vibrant communities where everyone thrives.
It is precisely this kind of diverse, committed leadership network that our programs produce—a new fabric of leadership for our communities.
WHO WE SERVE
- 39% Hispanic or Latinx of any race, 24% Black or African American, 13% Asian, 11% Multiracial, 10% White, 2% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 2% American Indian or Alaska Native
- 59% female
- 70% first-generation college students
- 80% from low-income families
A POWERFUL NEW NARRATIVE
National data show that less than a third of all students from low-income families who start college ever graduate. The data are equally discouraging for students whose parents didn’t attend college and those from most underrepresented ethnic groups. Statistics for Act Six scholars tell a much different story. With nearly two decades of success, the Act Six initiative best illustrates the powerful results of Degrees of Change program models.
Since 2002, Act Six has selected and trained 1,211 scholars from seven cities in 180 cadres for 17 partner colleges.