Enlisting Parents, Engaging Students
Empower Parents, Transform Students, Strengthen Communities
Leadership Scholars, a Cincinnati nonprofit, enlists and empowers low-income parents to become a catalyst for their children to attend and graduate college. Founded on the belief that EVERY CHILD DESERVES A QUALITY EDUCATION to realize their full potential, the end-goal of Leadership Scholars is to increase the number of more highly educated individuals in our city, regardless of socioeconomic background, and to significantly reduce poverty.
Our “Parent Academy” program is one that all stakeholders agree on as important and valuable— school principals, the Cincinnati Public School Board, district leadership, the teacher’s union, and parents. The program has the potential to become a national model for parent engagement, student success, and impacting generational poverty.
The first program of it’s kind, it blends “College-Readiness” with a “Success Mindset”— social and emotional behavioral strategies rooted in science. These are key to building relationships and successfully obtaining goals, especially in the face of adversity.
We draw on research and data provided by other proven “parent-driven” education models to establish academic best practices. But then, we take the concept even further and pair it with tested non-cognitive methods endorsed by leading American psychologists, academics, and experts in the fields of developmental behavior, neuroscience and neuroplasticity.
This is where the promise of college becomes a reality for any student desiring to go, and provides the potential for educational transformation to break the cycle of generational poverty.