Since October 2011, when the first “Promise” agreement was signed by the Superintendents of Ontario-Montclair School District and Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Presidents of Chaffey College and CSU San Bernardino, the initiative’s capacity has grown to serve over 20,000 K-12 students and 1,000 parents per year. This work is done through Promise Scholars staff, a team of AmeriCorps Members, 35 school sites, colleges, partner businesses and organizations, and volunteers who share their “college-knowledge” and encourage an Academic Mindset for our students. Inland Empire United Way and the City of Ontario are two key partners who help ensure this work happens.
Today our students have a place in college waiting for them at the following partner colleges: Chaffey College, CSU San Bernardino, University of La Verne, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Bakersfield, University of Redlands, and Azusa Pacific. Promise Scholars is working at the community level to implement K-16 strategies and priorities set forth by these state and regional organizations to achieve shared post-secondary and workforce development goals.