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Nahir Torres

Program Officer In Education

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Employment History

Program Associate - Education

Boston Foundation Inc

Program Assistant

Family First

Senior Program Manager for Fitness Health and Recreation

Boston Center for Adult Education


NELIP Steering Committee Co-Chair
The Hyams Foundation Inc




Wellesley College

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"Clearly the promise of college enrollment was not yielding the same results in post-secondary completion," says Nahir Torres, the Foundation's program officer in education. To change the city's college success story, Success Boston set ambitious goals: To increase by 50 percent the college six-year completion rate for the class of 2009, and to double the college six-year completion rate for the class of 2011. After enrolling 300 Boston Public students in Success Boston, the program found that the critical elements for success were identical to those identified by The Education Trust: "Putting data at the center and making sure you have the right people at the table," Torres says. It also helps that Success assigns each participant a case manager who follows and helps the student complete the federal financial aid form, register for classes, and accomplish other essentials. Eighty-five percent of Success Boston's 2009 participants re-enrolled in their four-year colleges for a second year, and 77 percent re-enrolled in their two-year colleges, compared to 82 and 67 percent, respectively, of all Boston students from 2008. "We're also really focused on system change," says Torres. Success plans to better align high school curricula with college curricula in math and English; identify liaisons from 20 local universities to work on financial-aid issues with Boston students on their campuses, and develop common college financial aid award-letter inserts highlighting comparative end-costs of each institution; build the capacity of local youth-serving nonprofits to help with the pre-college transition; and seek out college-friendly employment for Success participants -- jobs that both work around classes and connect employment now to future careers. For cities competing for the Talent Dividend Network's $1 million prize for the greatest increase in college completion citywide -- Boston is among them, Torres notes -- she recommends "keeping data at the forefront, which has been a real principle of the Talent Dividend, and using that to advance the conversations locally, as well as the statewide engagement. "When we have great ambitions for our city, it can be frustrating that system change is slow," she adds.

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