While an economics student at Stanford University, Garrett Neiman decided to use his research and work experience in education to help close the college opportunity gap and increase college options for low-income students. With co-founder Jessica Perez, he created SEE College Prep, an organization that provides the only SAT preparation curriculum tailored to the needs of low-income students. These students often remain locked out of the test preparation industry, resulting in a nearly 300-point disparity between low-income students and their wealthiest peers. SEE provides an in-depth SAT preparation and college-counseling program, which provides the necessary inspiration, mentorship, and know-how for low-income students to succeed on the SAT and in the college admissions and financial aid process.
SEE programming focuses on core academic material that students may have missed in their under-resourced classrooms. Students report that SEE’s programs — which solidify math, reading, and writing skills — have a positive impact on everyday academic performance in high school and college. A significant portion of teaching and mentoring teams are people of color and many are among the first generation in their families to go to college, providing real life examples to SEE’s students. In addition to an average SAT score gain of 202 points, students also leave SEE with drafts of college admissions essays and personal statements.« Back to full Class of 2011