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Mid-Atlantic Advocacy Through Education
$5,260 raised
105% of $5k goal
49 contributors
86 Weeks running

Our Story: In 2014, a group of 13 close friends made a commitment to making a difference in the educational lives of our young people, and Mid-Atlantic Advocacy Through Education (MATE) was born. Our mission -- to build a community of individuals and institutions committed to fostering student success, college degree attainment, and educational equity for traditionally underserved D.C.-area students transitioning from high school to local universities.

What We Do: MATE provides scholarships, mentoring, and academic advising to D.C.-area students with financial need who are entering their freshman year of college. Each year, MATE Scholars are paired with a mentor and an academic advisor to help them navigate academic, social, and emotional challenges as they transition to the college environment. Scholars participate in 8 in-depth sessions with their academic advisor and 4 outings with their mentor, each customized to meet their needs as they progress through their freshman year.  In addition, MATE offsets the cost of books and supplies, and provides a small financial scholarship. 

Who We Serve: Youth from underserved communities who often lack the resources necessary to achieve college success. The need for support with college transitions is particularly urgent for African-American men, where MATE currently focuses its support.  This year we will welcome our fourth cohort of MATE Scholars!

Your Support: As we prepare to serve THREE new MATE Scholars in the 2019-2020 academic year, we are calling out to our community for support. Your contribution will help us provide scholarships, books and supplies, impactful mentoring experiences, and professional academic advising for students throughout the year.  


Please note: MATE is currently in the process of obtaining a determination from the IRS that it qualifies as a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  If MATE does not receive a favorable IRS 501(c)(3) determination, contributions to MATE will not be deductible for federal income tax purposes.


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