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$100K grant to help Rio Grande High students

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mission: Graduate, an initiative of United Way of Central New Mexico, has been awarded a GradNation Acceleration Grant of $100,000 over two years.

The grant will fund Rio Grande High School’s early warning program to support off-track juniors and seniors and work to re-engage youth who have already left school. These students will gain access to college and career exploration opportunities in addition to mentors and counselors.

With the Albuquerque Public Schools graduation rate currently at 66 percent, support from this grant will help Rio Grande High School reach 215 additional students.

The grant is made possible by America’s Promise Alliance, whose signature program, GradNation, has as its goal to increase the on-time high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.

The goal of Mission: Graduate is to increase the number of graduates in central New Mexico with college degrees or certificates by 60,000 above and beyond those who would normally receive degrees and certificates by 2020.

A total of $800,000 in grants from America’s Promise Alliance was made to five recipients, including the grant to United Way of Central New Mexico. The other grantee organizations are in Georgia, Michigan, Colorado and California.

“We know that the most significant improvements in the national high school graduation rate will happen on the local level, in districts and communities working each day to meet the individual needs of young people,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise.

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