10,000 Students from College Summit Partner Schools In Low-Income Communities To Receive Donated ACT® Test Prep from The Public Tutoring Initiative

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Public Support Needed to Boost The Public Tutoring Initiatives’ Effort to Donate Courses Worth $1.2M to Deserving High School Students

The Public Tutoring Initiative is encouraging public support for a new crowd-source campaign https://www.crowdrise.com/tutoringfor100001/fundraiser/publictutoring to provide its ACT test prep courses to students from low-income high schools being served by College Summit, the nation’s only program leveraging the power of peer influence to increase college enrollment. Studies have documented that even though students from schools in low-income communities aspire to go to college at the same rate as students from higher-income communities, they take college entrance exams at a much lower rate and have dramatically lower college enrollment numbers.

“The Public Tutoring Initiative’s best-in-class ACT test prep provides College Summit partner high schools’ students around the nation with a critical leg up in their effort to get into college,” said Keith Frome, College Summit Co-founder and CEO. “Students at our schools are trained to find smart college matches, write compelling admission essays and apply for financial aid. Public Tutoring’s test prep rounds out the essential college access and admission services we are providing to these determined yet often disadvantaged students."

The Public Tutoring Initiative is a Benefit or "B" Corporation. For every paid test prep enrollment, the company donates a course to a student who would not be able to afford the class. The company's donation of 10,000 free classes to College Summit students showcases its commitment to providing all students with an opportunity to go to college regardless of their economic circumstances. To accelerate and fully-fund Public Tutoring’s donation, it has created a crowd-sourced campaign on the CrowdRise philanthropy platform.

“Every student deserves a chance at getting into college. Our proven test prep course gives these students, many of whom will be the first in the family to reach for post-secondary education, a shot at college and a better life, explained Mauri Artz, Founder and CEO of The Public Tutoring Initiative. “The early response to our CrowdRise campaign has been incredible. Folks are so excited about how easy it is to help these thousands of College Summit students realize their true potential.”

About College Summit
College Summit is a national nonprofit that transforms the lives of young people from low-income communities by developing teams of high school students who use their influence to lead their peers to and through college. To date, College Summit has placed over 250,000 students from almost 500 schools across the country on the path to college and career, raising the college enrollment rates of partner schools by up to 20% over baseline. The organization’s new PeerForward program enhancement promises to change the trajectory of the lives of 1.8M students from low-income communities over the next decade.

About The Public Tutoring Initiative
The Public Tutoring Initiative’s online courses provide comprehensive subject matter tutoring and test taking strategies. A 15 year track-record of success informs the proprietary lessons that are provided online and live-streamed to high school students around the country. The Public Tutoring Initiative is a Benefit Corporation and its mission is to make access to college easier by bringing its high quality ACT® test prep to students who cannot afford this level of tutoring.

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