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A college-readiness program for underserved students and their families in the greater Puget Sound area, Making Connections (MC) seeks to increase college enrollment and career interests in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

MC provides four years of life-changing, wrap-around academic and enrichment services to students and their families. It combines the nuts and bolts of college readiness preparation with career exploration, academic tutoring, personal and professional mentorship, leadership development, ongoing professional enrichment, and a lifelong network of allies comprised of MC alumnae and supporters.

The students who join MC do not follow a checklist; they carve out their unique paths in collaboration with personal champions who customize the program every year based on those students’ dreams, interests, abilities and goals.

Making Connections program stats

MC at-a-glance

  • 100% of MC students have been accepted to college since 2007.
  • 98% of MC students are people of color.
  • 73% of 2018 MC graduates are pursuing education in STEM fields.
  • 27% of 2018 MC graduates are pursuing education in business or political science.

In 2017-18:

  • 105 students from grades 9-12 participated in MC.
  • MC students represented 32 Seattle-area high schools.
  • MC volunteers logged 2,686 hours.
  • MC hosted 50+ college and career prep workshops.

Eden’s story

Want to learn more about the MC experience? Meet Eden, a 2018 MC student.