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Act Six

LEADERS. SCHOLARS.
AGENTS OF CHANGE.

Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

Act Six

Act Six connects local community affiliates with faith- and social justice-based colleges to equip emerging urban and community leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home through a simple but powerful four-part strategy:

  1. Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of a region’s most promising emerging urban and community student leaders.
  2. Train and prepare students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.
  3. Send and fund students together to select faith- and social justice-based colleges on full tuition, full-need scholarships.
  4. Support and inspire students to graduate from college and serve their home communities through campus supports, ongoing leadership development, and vocational connections.

Since 2002, Act Six has selected and trained 946 scholars from seven cities in 141 cadres for 17 partner colleges. Learn more about our Act Six network.

A PROVEN MODEL WITH POWERFUL OUTCOMES

90%

first generation or low-income, 90% students of color, and speak 70 languages

82%

graduate within 6-years, 20 points higher than rate for all students at their colleges

88%

employed within one year of graduation, compared with 77% nationally

69%

return to their home communities, where 74% volunteer

Vi’s Story

Vi Nguyen was born in a refugee camp after her parents fled war-ravaged Vietnam. Her family’s notion of success was rooted in the idea that only certain jobs could bring the stability they highly valued given their generation’s trauma. But as a creative at heart,…

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Michelle’s Story

Michelle Bess always aspired to be a leader and role model. Through Act Six, Michelle got her first glimpse at the kind of impact to be found in radical inclusion. Today, she serves as director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Sprout Social, a Chicago-based…

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COMMUNITIES THRIVE WITH DIVERSE LEADERSHIP

Act Six is changing the face of leadership on college campuses and beyond. Ready to learn more? Visit the Act Six website.
Learn more at actsix.org