A Better Chance, broadens school enrollment to include students of color who are economically disadvantaged but academically able. Chosen for their motivation and demonstrated achievement, 55 students from low-income families were selected to complete their secondary education at these founding independent schools. A Better Chance Scholars are a racially diverse group. Approximately 65% are African-American; 20% Latino; 6% Asian American; about 1% Native American; and 8% describe themselves as multi-racial or other. Approximately one-third live at or below the federal poverty line and virtually all come from working class families. More than 65% of our Scholars come from single-parent households. A Better Chance has grown from 55 students enrolled at nine schools to nearly 1,900 students enrolled in 2008/2009 school year. A Better Chance Strath Haven, Inc. is a non-profit charitable corporation.
The mission of A Better Chance Strath Haven is to provide a supportive, nurturing environment for promising, motivated students of color from underserved communities to help them develop personally and academically as they prepare for college. We strive to build confidence and independence in our scholars so they can actively and meaningfully contribute to their high school and college, their local communities and society. A Better Chance Strath Haven is a local chapter of the national A Better Chance Program.
A Better Chance significantly contributes to the pool of leaders of color who can compete effectively in schools, colleges and the workplace.