Since 2005, College-Community Connections (CCC) has been the signature college access program at the Teagle Foundation. The New York City-based funder is committed to extending the opportunities for college education to deserving but financially disadvantaged students in its home city. Teagle achieves this by forging partnerships between community-based organizations with college readiness programs and NYC colleges and universities.
2016 marks the 11th year of the CCC program, and Teagle's commitment continues. The funder has awarded more than $2 million in new grants to 11 projects, including six college-community organization partnerships and five community-based organizations. Each of the six partnerships received $300,000. Partnerships receiving funding include:
- BronxWorks and Fordham University for a summer program that explores aspects of NYC history and it intersects with students' perspectives and life experience.
- Double Discovery Center and Columbia University, for its Freedom and Citizenship: Exploration in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Thought. The program provides a college-level humanities program to NYC high school seniors. The program includes a summer residential experience and academic year programming.
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and Skidmore College, for the SEO-Skidmore Connections program. This partnership offers a five-week summer residential credit-bearing program at Skidmore.
In addition to the six partnerships, Teagle awarded $50,000 each to five community-based organizations with which the funder has longstanding ties to support their college preparatory programs. Recipients include the East Harlem Tutorial Program, Boys' Club of New York, and the Jacob A. Riis Settlement House.
To help ensure that CCC identifies partnerships with the greatest potential for reaching Teagle's goals, as well as evaluate the impact of the initiative, Teagle collaborates with the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, using the latter group as a technical advisor. Housed at New York University, the Research Alliance conducts research and evaluation on topics of interest to NYC schools.