College Jumpstart

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Project Goal

Double the amount of Jefferson Jr/Sr High graduates who go on to college

Targeted Resources to Guide Students to College

Many of these Jefferson graduates are the first members of their family to graduate high school and go on to college. We are working with multiple partners to bring targeted resources to these students to provide a summer bridge to college.

Here are the resources available to these students:

  • CareerPlus Mentoring Program through Goodwill during the school year
  • Job skill training and job fair in spring 2017
  • Scholarships for college
  • College Jumpstart Week in June
    • Week long program focused on training students in the skills and self-awareness necessary to succeed in college
  • Mentoring in June, July and August
  • Computer and printer incentive for student who complete their first three weeks of college


Invest in College Jumpstart

With decreased funding for our local schools, we believe it is up to local residents and businesses to help fund school projects like College Jumpstart. This spring and summer we are hoping to raise $40,000 to support College Jumpstart.

Thanks to generous donors and community members we have already raised $10,000 for this exciting project! $30,000 left to go!

These funds will go to the following elements of the program:

  • College Jumpstart Week in June
  • Computer and printer incentives for students that complete their first three weeks of college
  • CareerPlus Mentoring program through Goodwill

Click here to donate online and mention “College Jumpstart” in the Additional Comments section of the form.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Edgewater Collective
5220 W. 25th Avenue
Edgewater, CO 80214

Business Partnerships

Our desire is to connect local businesses to this effort in a way that benefits our students and local businesses.

Here are some ways businesses can join this effort:

  • Hire a Jefferson graduate this summer and encourage them to follow through on their college enrollment
  • Mentor a student in the program this summer
  • Invest financially in the College Jumpstart project

If you are a local business owner that would like to learn more about how you can join this effort, contact Joel Newton at 303-658-0779 or

Become a Mentor

Mentors will work with a small group of students (3-4) in June, July and August and provide encouragement and advice as they prepare for college. Mentoring groups will meet in person for an hour each month and communicate over email or phone in between meetings.

Let us know if you are interested in becoming a mentor by emailing or calling (303) 658-0779.

Project Updates

May 18 Update: Graduation and Fundraising Progress