THE OPPORTUNITY NETWORK FELLOWS PROGRAM
“According to stereotypes for my demographic, I would have joined a gang, dropped out of school, been in and out of jail and been a father but not a husband. Instead, I’m in college on full scholarship, preparing to earn my CPA and start a career in one of the Big 4 accounting firms. The biggest factor in my ability to dream big and know my goals are achievable has been OppNet.”
Shatiek Gatlin, 2016 Fellow
Senior, Babson College
The Opportunity Network’s founding program serves high-potential public school students from the summer after 10th grade through to college graduation, for a total of six years. Our students come from underserved communities. We recruit Fellows from 130 public high schools and community-based organizations. 98% of our Fellows attend high schools where the majority of students qualify for free/reduced lunch. These students have little access to college and career guidance or professional networks at home or school before coming to The Opportunity Network. 88% of our students will be the first in their families to graduate from college.
Through our Career Fluency® curriculum, a new world opens up to our Fellows—a world of networking for college and professional success, workplace etiquette, internship preparedness, interview skills and career savvy. We also provide our students with intensive college application guidance, including overnight college trips, group workshops, SAT tutoring and extensive one-on-one counseling. Every summer, Fellows hold paid internships or participate in enrichment or travel programs, leaving our program with robust resumes and lifelong networks of support.
The Opportunity Network is a powerful force in the lives of the hundreds of students we serve. As a result of our six-year investment:
- 98% of students are accepted to competitive colleges with substantial financial aid need met
- 53% end up matriculating at top colleges they had not heard of before OppNet
- 100% graduate from college in six years; 89% in four
- 85% secure career-track employment or graduate school admission within six months of graduation
For a full list of our high school and non-profit recruiting partners, click here.
Ashley St. John, 2018 Fellow
Sophomore, Lafayette College