Mission & Vision

We partner with degree-aspiring students from first generation and low-income backgrounds as they get into college, graduate, and go far in life. Our vision is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates.

Core Values

Bottom Line students are at the core of everything we do. Every day we are energized by their drive, potential, and energy. We pride ourselves on being a student-centered organization that values the unique community of students that we partner with above anything else.

The following Core Values define who we are at our best and guide our work together, including how we lead and the decisions that we make. 


We work to examine and change our internal practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all Bottom Line students. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.

Authentic Relationships

We are committed to building strong, impactful relationships with our students, co-workers, schools, community partners, donors, and other supporters. We are engaging, responsive, caring, direct, honest, solutions-oriented, and we always follow through on our promises. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and each other.


We are relentless in pursuit of our goals, and we expect the same from our students. With each other and our students, we work to resolve every problem, answer every question, and explore every option. We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions.

Exceptional Results

We are committed to achieving high-quality outcomes and rely on quantitative methods and tools to guide us in setting and reaching our goals. We pursue ambitious goals, hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success for our students and our organization.

Continuous Learning 

We operate with curiosity, evolve thoughtfully, take informed risks, and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other. We understand that transformation for our students, our programs, and ourselves is only possible when we are intimately aware of our strengths, our challenges, and our opportunities for growth.