Case Studies

 

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MBK Scholars

Challenge

The gap in post-secondary enrollment between talented young men of color who are low-income in Greater Austin and the comparison population (non-low income white females) is 30%, twice the gap experienced in high school graduation (E3 Alliance)

MAYA Support

Partnering with the Greater Austin Area My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Community College, and E3 Alliance to design and implement the community’s first intentional strategy to improve the direct-to-college enrollment rates of 9,000 young men of color in Austin-area high schools

result

Raised more than $1 million to launch the strategy to provide advising services to a cohort of scholars with plans to scale success through systems change to the 45,000 students at other high schools in Greater Austin

testimonial

“It is a pleasure for me to work with MAYA, a collective of individuals with deep commitment to what is right and just. Their project management skills are excellent. They build and maintain strong relationships throughout the community, and clearly communicate the urgency of the MBK Scholars mission with a variety of stakeholders.” Dr. Colette Pierce-Burnette, President, Huston-Tillotson University and MBK Scholars Co-Chair


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Collegiate Edu-Nation

Challenge

In 2025, 77% of Texas jobs will require postsecondary credentials, but in 2018, only 23% of Texas students earned a college degree or workforce certificate (Texas 2036)

MAYA Support

Design and support implementation of a strategy to scale the success of Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District, a rural P-20 education and workforce system in which 90% of high school graduating class has already earned their associates degree and 97% are college and career ready

result

Launched Collegiate Edu-Nation and raised more than $2 million to help districts adopt the core components of the Roscoe model with a goal to serve 300 school systems by 2030


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Teach For America-Austin

challenge

Austin has 850 TFA Alumni (the largest group outside the organization’s corps member regions), but the educators are not organized to reduce the community’s persistent achievement gap

Maya support

Conducted a landscape analysis, developed a business plan, and raised $650,000

result

Launched TFA Austin--an innovative, first-of-its kind model in TFA’s 27-year history without first- and second-year corps members--to accelerate the impact of the TFA Alumni in Greater Austin and statewide

testimonial

As TFA continues to innovate in the ways the organization finds, develops, and supports leaders to expand opportunities for children, the MAYA team has written a compelling business plan to reinvison TFA’s ability to catalyze alumni impact in Austin. MAYA’s consultants have the experience of not only designing the strategy, but also enlisting community members, superintendents, nonprofit and business leaders, and philanthropy to support it.” Dr. Paula Gama Garcia, Senior Vice President and Regional Field Executive, TFA


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Pre-K Innovation Fellowship

Challenge

Less than half of Texas children are ready for Kindergarten and only 9% of eligible 3-year olds attend pre-k (TEA)

MAYA Support

Securing funding and supporting partnerships between public school districts and high-quality early childhood programs with a record of preparing students to be kindergarten ready

result

Created 13 new pre-k partnerships and helped secure $5 million for districts serving more than 200,000 students