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Strategic Plan

The Prep for Prep Strategic Plan charts the course for our organization for the next three years. The outcome of a year's work by Prep for Prep staff, trustees, alumni, current families, and independent school partners, it enhances the core work of our organization and enables us to focus our time, energy, and resources on the areas most impactful to the community, as determined by the community. By having a specific plan, we are able to maximize opportunities and determine funding for Prep for Prep students by employing strategies that support goal-specific recommendations. 

We are committed to the work that is required to make actionable, transparent, and measurable progress toward achieving three strategic impact goals.
Strategic Impact Goal One: Amplify Our Value Proposition Alongside Our Community Stakeholders

List of 4 items.

  • Objective 1: Clarify and promote Prep for Prep’s differentiators to strengthen our position in the field

    With greater clarity about what makes Prep for Prep a standout in educational access, all employees will be able to leverage a common understanding of the organization and its benefits to raise awareness among external audiences, including prospective families, donors, corporate partners, and alumni.
  • Objective 2: Update external messaging to reflect our internal ethos

    Under the guidance of an expanded communications department and in partnership with advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day, we will ensure the messaging used to promote our program accurately reflects our updated vision and mission, resonates with prospective students and their families, and showcases our position as a leader
    in inclusive education.
  • Objective 3: Embrace Prep for Prep’s authority to hold school partners accountable

    To ensure the best independent school experience possible for our students, we will clearly communicate our expectation that our partner schools offer a truly inclusive environment and coach schools on best practices in educating students of color. We will keep a keen eye on how schools engage with our students and families.
  • Objective 4: Deepen mutually beneficial partnerships with schools, alumni, and funders

    By nurturing our relationships with independent partner school colleagues, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion representatives, we will be able to assist schools in creating intentionally inclusive environments that support Prep students’ personal and academic success. Enhanced connections with Prep alumni will bolster their relationships with current Prep students and with each other, while stronger alliances with corporate partners will result in increased internship opportunities
    for our students.
Strategic Impact Goal Two: Nurture Our Students Through a Whole-Person Approach

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  • Objective 1: Promote a breadth of student-success definitions, outcomes, and career options

    By embracing expanded definitions of success and opportunity and leveraging alumni mentorship opportunities, Prep for Prep students will have access to even more college and career opportunities. While we will continue to support our students’ interests in traditional fields like education, law, finance, and medicine, Prep will also support new opportunities for students to thrive in technology, the arts, and entrepreneurship.
  • Objective 2: Integrate social-emotional learning support for students

    Prep for Prep students will have proactive and reactive mental wellness support woven throughout their program experience, from Preparatory to undergrad. This includes access to a newly created team at Prep that includes a Director of Mental Wellness and clinical social workers, an expanded near-peer mentorship program for college students, and new proactive wellness programming that gives students tools to thrive in any setting.
  • Objective 3: Nurture a whole-person approach with Prep for Prep students

    In addition to honing their academic abilities, Prep for Prep students will be able to nurture their whole selves by participating in affinity groups, and by developing relationships across their contingent, with peers at their independent schools, and with alumni who are a part of their advocacy team. As a result of this support, students will experience greater feelings of belonging at their independent school.
Strategic Impact Goal Three: Elevate Our Leadership Role to Influence Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education

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ADMISSIONS & 
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS 
163 West 91st Street
New York, NY 10024
P: 212.579.1470
LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS & 
ADMINISTRATION 
328 West 71st Street
New York, NY 10023
P: 212.579.1390
We envision a nation guided by ethical and effective leaders that reflect our diverse society. 

Prep for Prep's mission is to develop future leaders by creating access for young people of color to first-rate educational, leadership development and professional opportunities.