Bottom Line–Worcester was established in 2008 to reach students living in the Western part of Massachusetts. While there is a great deal of interest, research, and collaboration focused on improving college outcomes for the students we serve, college enrollment and completion rates for high school students in Worcester still remain low. Bottom Line–Worcester is making an immediate impact on these challenges by growing our highly effective programs that provide intrusive, one-on-one support from our trained advisors. In 2017, we served just over 600 students from Worcester.
Bottom Line was founded in 1997 as a small nonprofit supporting 25 high school seniors in Boston. Our organization has grown dramatically over the last 20 years and now serves 6,200 students across Massachusetts, New York, and Chicago with the shared goal of all of our students getting into college, graduating and going far in life. With sustainable growth, our vision is to transform urban communities by producing thousands of career-ready college graduates who are breaking the cycle of poverty. Our trained advisors deliver intensive, one-on-one advising and support from college application all the way through college graduation. To date, more than 1,300 first-generation students have gone on to earn their bachelor’s degrees through our proven program. Last year, our graduation rate was 79.5%, which is up to four times the national average for first-generation students from low-income backgrounds.
As Francisco Crisostomo walks around Lancer Landing, he stops to listen to members of Third World Alliance as they talk about issues and events.