2 in 3 students from low-income backgrounds who graduate high school do so without meeting college-readiness standards; 1 in 2 of those who go to college fail to earn a degree
86 percent of new college graduates reported having no job offers
49 percent of recent college graduates reported they didn’t need to go to college to do their current jobs
The status quo allows circumstance to dictate outcome, creating barriers to success for those who are resource-constrained. Students fall through the cracks in the transitions between high school, college, and career, and employers can neither access nor retain them.
Arena solves this coordination problem by connecting stakeholders that are already doing great work and empowering students with the leadership fundamentals needed to succeed in any environment
Through Arena, students complete an Associate’s degree within one year of graduating high school, gain meaningful work experience, and preserve the option of later pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.
The initial fellowship is a two-year
degree- and job-yielding educational and apprenticeship program embedded within schools and co-created by employers.
Who We Are
| OUR MISSION |
We enable prosperity by equipping all students with a college degree, a job, and the mindsets, habits and skills for sustained success.
| OUR VISION |
Circumstance need not dictate outcomes
Adversity is an asset that yields greater tenacity and creativity
Education is an investment with high ROI
Diverse labor forces win
Quality talent exists everywhere, and varied perspectives benefit teams and outcomes
Training is an investment with high ROI
Proof points lead to systemic change
Our Fellows are the vanguard of an agile, resilient generation of workers
Our Partners lead the charge in their communities and industries
| OUR VALUES |
COMMITMENT || OPTIMISM || COURAGE || INTEGRITY
| OUR STAKEHOLDERS|
Arena works with:
Motivated, resource-constrained students, whose strengths may be overshadowed by their challenges
High school partners, of a variety of governance structures, that focus on innovation
Synchronous, student-centered college partners, offering best-in-class support services
Corporate partners that (1) attract, hire, and retain diverse work forces, (2) prioritize professional learning and development, (3) provide stable career trajectories, and (4) invest in young people
| OUR RESULTS |
In June 2019, Arena hosted a summer immersion pilot in the San Francisco Bay Area
Student participants were 21 rising seniors from a public high school in East Oakland
Employer participants were a major professional sports team, a biotech start-up, a retail conglomerate, and a Fortune 500 tech company
The program consisted of career exploration, professional skills-building, and individualized coaching
NPS averaged 80%+ across stakeholder groups, compared to an education sector average of 51%
| WHAT'S NEXT |
The first Arena Fellowship cohorts will begin in August 2019 and January 2020. Reach out to hear more about their journey, learn about career opportunities, and join the team as a school or corporate partner!