Are you looking for new tools and best practice approaches to help close the achievement gap of students living in poverty?


In America, the single most important factor in our overall health is our zip code. 

COPE: College Edition allows participants to have a greater understanding of the juggling act many non-traditional, under-resourced students face on their way  to transcend poverty.  It also equips educators with the insights of how they can design programs to better assist these students and increase retention and completion rates. 

This experience represents the lives of 20 college students, who have graciously shared their stories so that people across the country can be exposed to real students, real situations, and real barriers that exist. Also captured in the experience is the role that the broader community plays in their interactions with students in poverty, and how policies and systems either help or hinder progress. 

COPE: College Edition was developed in partnership with Sinclair Community College.

COPE is a tool that will help your school district:

  • Deepen their understanding of the realities of Poverty in America.

  • Improve their inner professional approaches and connections within your delivery system.

  • Develop practices and approaches that will help bridge the health equity gap.

  • Build partnerships with the broader community to improve health outcomes for low-income families.

I appreciate the opportunity to have had gone through the COPE experience.  WOW! I thought I understood challenges that many face, but I wasn’t even close to understanding. The experience has really helped me to convey to staff, in Kettering, the difficulties that face many families.  The perception, many times, is that people are just lazy and want a free ride. I have a much clearer understanding and share it every chance I get.
— Deborah S. Mears, Curriculum and Instruction Director Kettering City Schools

An Experience For Everyone.


The Cost of Poverty Experience has been adapted to reflect the experience of poverty in various contexts. Please click on one of the sectors below that best describes the organization that you are affiliated with to find out how COPE can help you have greater impact.