EMERGE empowers and prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges and universities across the nation. EMERGE is creating a pipeline of future leaders in every industry who aspire to change the world.
EMERGE Presents at National College Admissions Conference
EMERGE program team members Fernando Gomes, Martin Rincon, and Mayra Valle were selected to present at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC): Guiding the Way to Inclusion conference. NACAC is an organization of more than 25,000 professionals across the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices pursuing postsecondary education. During the conference, the EMERGE team introduced College Fit Languages, a framework intended to individualize college preferences to empower underrepresented students during the college admissions process. The EMERGE team equipped high school and admissions counselors with the necessary resources to better cater to each student's unique college preferences.
EMERGE Celebrates Class of 2021 High School and College Graduates
Nearly 500 EMERGE high school graduates across Aldine ISD, Houston ISD, Klein ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and Spring ISD will be headed off to selective colleges and universities across the country like Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Wellesley, and Yale and nearly 100 EMERGE college graduates plan to enter the workforce at companies like Lockheed Martin, Protiviti, Citi Bank, and Curaytor while others will continue their educations at graduate schools including the University of Texas School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Check out the videos below to meet some of these amazing graduating students from the EMERGE Class of 2021!
ConocoPhillips Hosts Girls Talk Tech for EMERGE Female Students
EMERGE partnered with ConocoPhillips to host Girls Talk Tech, a summer program intended to inspire a new generation of young women interested in careers in technology. EMERGE female high school students had the opportunity to connect with ConocoPhillips female engineers, learn about different STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) pathways, and access various resources to pursue STEM-related careers. We are grateful for our partnerships with amazing companies like ConocoPhillips who help empower our students to dream big! You can read more about the program here.
Virtual College Tours Connect Students to Top Colleges
EMERGE virtually connected nearly 400 rising high school seniors with 36 of the most selective colleges and universities across the nation to expose the students to a variety of schools and to help identify the best college fits. Participating schools included Columbia University, University of Chicago, Cornell University, Northwestern University, and Brandeis University, among many others. Each EMERGE student connected with college admissions experts from four top-tier colleges, reflected on what "college fit" meant for their values and interests, and practiced vulnerability in sharing their social identities alongside a cohort of EMERGE peers from all five of our district partners.
EMERGE Pilots Internship Program with Elite Houston Organizations
This summer, EMERGE piloted a unique internship and career development program that pairs academically driven and motivated college students with top Houston-area companies and organizations. Through this competitive program, EMERGE college students were selected to complete a 6- to 8-week summer internship while participating in professional development workshops to gain career experience and to better understand how to navigate the professional world. Thanks to our corporate and community partners, EMERGE students were able to intern at leading organizations such as Houston Endowment, Arnold Ventures, Johnson Law Group, Targa Resources, and Cadence Bank.
EMERGE On The Reel Featuring Trisha Cornwell: Sept 2nd
Please join us on Thursday, September 2nd from 12:00-12:30 p.m. (CST) for an engaging discussion with our very own EMERGE Executive Director, Trisha Cornwell! During this live segment, Trisha will discuss how EMERGE persisted through the pandemic to serve our students, reflect on lessons learned during these unprecedented times, and share what we can look forward to as we kick off the new academic year.

We will conclude the reel with a Q&A session so be sure to tune in and submit your questions! Don't miss out! 

EMERGE On The Reel is a monthly live discussion that highlights the impact of our program through the perspective of our students, community partners, and staff members.
EMERGE Partners with National Consulting Firm on Sustainability Project
Thanks to the Houston Endowment, Inc., EMERGE partnered with Bellwether Education Partners this spring to evaluate its long-term sustainability strategies. After several months of benchmarking EMERGE's current revenue model against similar organizations, Bellwether concluded that EMERGE is positively positioned and identified additional key revenue-generating opportunities for EMERGE to consider. 
The EMERGE leadership team is currently finalizing its strategic plan and will determine which recommendations from the study will be prioritized over the next three years.
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