We enable high-potential, low-income, first-generation college students to realize their professional and personal ambitions.
We do this by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.
Even in a year like none other, some things don’t change. The impact of mentorship, the feeling that we belong and our voices matter, the power of community—all of these values were critical at ANY’s founding, and they are just as important today. This year, we celebrated ten years of impact in the midst of a public health crisis. COVID-19 widened inequality in higher education and heightened the challenges for students working toward a college degree. Now is the time for action, connection, and investment.
This year with the support of our community, ANY weathered many new challenges, and in doing so we saw our strengths more clearly. We ran virtual workshops; we dispersed over $50,000 in emergency financial assistance; and we launched new career events. These experiences gave us tools, technologies, and a virtual curriculum that we can leverage for future growth and impact.
Due to the support of the incredible ANY community, we have achieved great results. I am proud to share with you that to date we have:
These are more than numbers; they represent real people. People like Fellow Mircelis and her Mentor Coach Laura, who have built a relationship that will last a lifetime. People like alumna Samantha, who is using what she learned at ANY in her work as a frontline healthcare worker, and alumnus, Digno, who uplifts us with his spoken word. We appreciate volunteers like Jake, whose ANY experience put him on a new career path, and champions like Sekou Kaalund of JP Morgan Chase, Linsey Davis of ABC news, and Wes Moore of Robin Hood Foundation who shared their words of wisdom, comfort, and inspiration as we ran our first virtual gala.
First-generation college students are trailblazers, innovators, and creators. They are the voices so clearly showing us pathways forward. To make our country more equitable and inclusive, we have to invest in them. Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time,” and as we look toward the future I encourage you to take one more step forward with us. This step could be hosting an intern, donating, mentoring at ANY or in your personal life, centering racial equity in your workplace, or organizing and advocating. We all have a role to play.
Thank you for your friendship and support.
Chief Executive Officer
On average over the past ten years, over 90% of ANY Fellows persisted in college, over 90% completed internships, and nearly 90% were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating.Learn more