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Deloitte, the Deloitte Foundation and Strive for college team up virtually to help high school students get to college

NEW YORK, November 17, 2016—Deloitte and the Deloitte Foundation are pleased to join forces with Strive for College—a national nonprofit that provides high school juniors and seniors with mentoring through the college admissions and financial aid application process—on a program engaging hundreds of Deloitte professionals as mentors to the underserved youth Strive serves. Mentors and students are connecting on UStrive, an online mentoring platform, using communications features and comprehensive college tools to discover institutions that are a great fit for students, both academically and financially. Strive’s goal of serving an additional 500 students this academic year through this collaborative initiative with Deloitte and the Deloitte Foundation has already been surpassed, just one-and-a-half months since launching. Already, more than 550 students are being served by Deloitte professionals as mentors.

Each year hundreds of thousands of hard-working young people who should go on to college fail to even apply. It is a major barrier to opportunity. Most of these students are from lower-income families with parents who did not go to college, and they typically do not have access to reliable college guidance in their high schools. We see the college access problem as an information access problem and a talent pipeline problem.

- Michael J. Carter, founder and CEO of Strive for College

Strive for College and the UStrive platform allow mentors and students to connect anytime, anywhere, giving these students access to more information and more people in the form of mentors to help them navigate the process. The virtual nature provides mentors a rare volunteer opportunity that fits with an increasingly virtual world.

Arming students with guidance and resources to navigate their education choices is critical for the development of our communities, our nation’s future leaders, and the US economy. We’re excited to work with Strive for College and the Deloitte Foundation as part of Deloitte’s RightStepTM education initiative, and we believe this virtual mentoring platform provides a fantastic volunteer opportunity that fits very well with our professionals’ needs and their desire to make an impact that matters.

- Bill Copeland, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP, and education champion and US Life Sciences and Health Care leader

This opportunity was fueled by donations from Deloitte professionals to the Deloitte Foundation RightStep Education Fund. The purpose of the fund is to extend the reach of Deloitte’s RightStep initiative by strengthening relationships with education nonprofits, investing in innovative solutions and programs, and increasing community involvement opportunities for Deloitte professionals.

A large pool of talented, motivated mentors is essential to realizing our mission of serving every student who needs better college access. The Deloitte team will be a wonderful addition to Strive’s mentor network, allowing us to serve hundreds more students across the US, and we are thrilled to be working together!

- Michael J. Carter

Virtual mentoring opens new doors, helping students achieve their full potential. We look forward to our work with Strive for College and the impact that this relationship can make on reaching so many more students than previously possible.

Tonie Leatherberry, president of the Deloitte Foundation

About Strive for College
Strive for College was founded in 2007 by Michael J. Carter, then a student at Washington University in St. Louis, to help acutely under-served area high school students apply to college and navigate financial aid. College students volunteered as in-person mentors for high school students, and mentored students achieved substantially better college go-on rates than their non-mentored peers. Strive for College grew to become a respected college access organization, providing in-person mentoring across the country. Delivering its mentoring service at sufficient scale to make a meaningful impact on the national college access problem soon became Strive’s biggest challenge, which led to the national launch of virtual mentoring in 2014. Virtual Mentoring by Strive for College is now serving students in all 50 US states, and the goal is to serve more than one million students within three years.

Strive and Michael J. Carter have been featured by CNN Heroes and Forbes 30 Under 30 and received major national media attention from outlets including Time, National Journal, and Fast Company. Strive's I'm First! initiative is a recognized leader in improving college outcomes for first-generation college students. Learn more at www.striveforcollege.org and imfirst.org.

About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors to deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society.

About the Deloitte Foundation
The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization which supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. For more information, please visit the Deloitte Foundation webpage at www.deloitte.com/us/df.

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