CPE Annual Report 2017–2018

25 Years of Mentoring to College and Career


Reflecting on the Past and Looking to the Future

Learn about how CPE guides students to and through college and into their careers.

When founded in 1993, CPE supported four students in the Washington D.C.-area. Today, it has grown to support over 375 students.

With a one-to-one mentor and individualized staff support, CPE’s students receive the skills and experiences necessary to access a college education, earn a bachelor’s degree, and excel in the workforce.

The income gap in D.C. has remained one of the highest in the U.S. for nearly a decade.

The average household income of the top 5 percent of D.C. residents was 52 times the income of the bottom 20 percent in 2014. That is the fifth highest gap in the U.S.

The Opportunity Gap

Low-income students face an ever-widening gap in accessing and completing a college education with the skills and experiences to enter sustainable careers.

College Enrollment
61% of low-income high school graduates enroll in college, compared to 86% of their high-income peers.
College Completion
26% of low-income students who enroll in college graduate with a bachelor’s degree on-time, compared to 74% of their high-income peers.
Career Readiness
65% of jobs in the Washington D.C. region will require a post-secondary credential by 2020.

Mentoring Matters

Mentoring is the key to bridging these gaps for low-income students.

Mentoring Matters

Students who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are:

more likely to enroll in college
more likely to volunteer regularly
more likely to hold leadership positions

Mentoring Matters


Bennisha joined CPE as a student in 2002. Her 15-year relationship with her mentor, Deborah, has made a lasting impact on her. It is one of the reasons why Bennisha decided to become a CPE mentor herself this year.

Honestly, the only person that I knew who had gone to college was my mentor. She was the one example I had in my life at that time of what a college graduate actually looked like.
Bennisha, CPE Alumna and Current Mentor

Long-Lasting Relationships

Only 51% of mentoring relationships in the Greater Washington, D.C. area lasted more than two years, compared to over 85% of CPE mentoring relationships.
Deborah became a part of my family. She taught me so many things about life, college, career readiness, upward mobility, socialization, and womanhood.
Bennisha, CPE Alumna and Current Mentor

CPE continues to foster hundreds of powerful relationships like Bennisha and Deborah’s.

Click here to meet more of CPE’s student and mentors.

Mylia and Kimberly
Mylia and her mentor Kimberly
Fred and Thomas
Fred and his mentor Thomas
Jennifer and Sarah
Jennifer and her mentor Sarah
Tannard and Brandon
Tannard and his mentor Brandon
I wanted to become a mentor with CPE because I know how amazing this program is. I know exactly what it can do and what it’s capable of, and what the students are capable of. I also wanted to give back to the community that has done so much for me.
Bennisha is a Clinical Mental Health Therapist for D.C. Public Schools, where she helps students “access their extraordinary.”
Bennisha with her mentee Yessenia.

The true measure of our success is the accomplishments of our students.

College Students

CPE's Proven Success

By the Numbers

97% of CPE High School Students Enroll in College
colleges and universities attended by CPE's students
of CPE college students remain on-track to graduate college

In the Last Year, CPE:

developed a learning and evaluation system to track student progress

designed and implemented career readiness programming

welcomed two new school partners

created new communications platforms to facilitate better interactions between CPE staff, mentors, and students

Plans for the Future

What’s Next?

CPE will use the expertise it has gained over the past 25 years to scale up its program and impact hundreds of more students from the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C.-area.

Our Focus

CPE is strategically working with the students and schools where the greatest impact can be made.

Ron Brown Students

Our Program in Action

In 2017, CPE began a groundbreaking partnership with Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, a new D.C. public school that provides a college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on social emotional and experiential learning to an all-male student body.

This year CPE provided mentors for 14% of Ron Brown College Prep’s inaugural student class.

Meet Maurquice

Maurquice is a current CPE student and sophomore at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School. Maurquice has said that CPE and his mentor, Zach, are “like family” to him.

Maurquice says, “Zach has helped expose me to more opportunities not just in the classroom, but in sports and in life. He always encourages me to challenge myself.”

Zach has really opened my eyes to what opportunities are out there. He challenges me to explore my options for college. I’ve already gone on tours of schools like Georgetown, Morehouse, Clark-Atlanta, and the University of Virginia.
Maurquice with his mentor Zach.

We couldn't do it without you

CPE’s last 25 years of serving low-income students in the Washington, D.C. area would not have been possible without our mentors, school partners, donors, and corporate allies.

Thank you for the 2,000+ hours volunteered by our mentors in 2017, the 60+ community partners who participated in CPE’s 2017 Career Fair, and to our generous donors like you who helped raise over $2.5M in 2017 that directly supported our students.

Thank You.

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CPE Board of Directors

Theodore A. Schwab Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus Founding Partner & Managing Director, Steward Partners Global Advisory
The Honorable Mary K. Bush Board Chair President and Founder, Bush International, LLC
Carol Adelman, Ph.D. Director, The Hudson Institute Center for Global Prosperity
John A. Bates Partner, Potomac Equity Partners
Mary Ellen Callahan Assistant General Counsel - Privacy, The Walt Disney Company
Gina Coburn Senior Advisor, Global Philanthropy Group
Ernest E. Cordova Managing Director, Accenture
Renee Y. DeVigne Associate Dean, The George Washington University Law School
Bill Dodge Retired Partner, Deloitte Tax
Elliott L. Ferguson, II CEO, Destination DC
J. Warren Gorrell, Jr. CEO Emeritus and Partner, Hogan Lovells
Lloyd Howell, Jr. CFO, Booz Allen Hamilton
Sarah Iddrissu CPE Alumna Managing Director of External Affairs, Educators for Excellence
Marijke Jurgens-Dupree
Nazzic S. Keene COO, SAIC
Sandy Meredith Mentor Committee Chair President, The Meredith Group
Charles Rossotti Development Committee Chair Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group
Macani Toungara Director for Program Development, TechnoServe
Ambassador Michael M. Wood Chairman, Redwood Investments, LLC

CPE Partner Schools

Academy of the Holy Cross
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
Bishop McNamara High School
Bishop O’Connell High School
Capital City Public Charter School
DeMatha Catholic High School
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Eastern Senior High School
Elizabeth Seton High School
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Gonzaga College High School
KIPP DC: College Preparatory
McKinley Technology High School
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
Paul Public Charter School
Ron Brown College Preparatory High School
Washington Leadership Academy
Woodrow Wilson High School

Corporate Donors

Booz Allen Hamilton
Hanley Wood
Clark Construction
T. Rowe Price
SunTrust Bank
Host Hotels & Resorts
Genentech, Inc.
Jenner & Block
The Sack Law Firm P.C.
Winston Partners
RCM Solutions
Federal Capital Partners
CGI Federal
International Monetary Fund

In-Kind Partners

Booz Allen Hamilton
Hogan Lovells
Savills Studley

Individual & Foundation Donors


Anonymous Individual Donor Deerbrook Charitable Trust Virginia Cretella Mars Foundation Charles & Barbara Rossotti The Sunrise Foundation Glenn & Suzanne Youngkin

$50,000 - $99,999

The Ceres Foundation The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

$20,000 - $49,999

Anonymous Institutional Donor Anonymous Institutional Donor Clark Charitable Foundation Gina & Brooke Coburn Bill Dodge Greater Washington Community Foundation Warren & Cathy Gorrell The Hanley Foundation The Harman Family Foundation Praveen & Kaili Jeyarajah Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation Scheidel Foundation The Walmart Foundation Michael & Judith Wood

$10,000 - $19,999

Marguerite Benson The Herb Block Foundation Marijke Jurgens-Dupree & David Dupree Crowell & Moring Foundation Paula Miller Howard & Patsy Norton The Volgenau Foundation James D. & Anne H. Zielinski

$5,000 - $9,999

Carol & Ken Adelman Brian & Cathy Bernasek David Bonderman Mary K. Bush Mary Ellen Callahan & Tony Lynn Philip Dolan The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Corina Higginson Trust Burks Lapham Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation The George Preston Marshall Foundation Hertha Owen Pitney Bowes Foundation Jeremy Presser Brian & Stephanie Spector Martin & Meredith Sumner Paul & Chandler Tagliabue Wells Fargo Foundation

$1,000 - $4,999

James & Michelle Alberg Amy & Warren Belasco Marvin & Margaret Bush Maureen Chelius Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church Ernest Cordova & David Zyck Renny & Pat Dipentima Prentiss & Gail Feagles Elliott Ferguson & Telesa Via Michael & Marilyn Glosserman Patrick & Sheila Gross Nicholas & Kimberly Hayman Mona Hanford Daniel Kaplan & Kay Richman Kent Killelea Andrew & Julie Klingenstein David & Barbara Lipman Laurence Platt & Clare Herington Christopher & Susan Regan Dora Richardson Rick & Joanne Rome Jimmy & Candice Sanders Ted & Claire Schwab Macani Toungara Webber Family Foundation United Methodist Women Metropolitan Memorial United Way of the National Capital Area Mike & Jennifer Wood

$500 - $999

Denise Allen Frank & Georgine Anton John & Karen Bates Helene Cejas Ty & Lee Cobb Renee DeVigne & Maurice White Alan Einhorn Wanda Hill Amie Hsia & Ben Harder Stephen & Susan Immelt Yolanda & Dale Jones Michael Keeling & Michaela Halik Keeling Susan Koch David & Susan Malcolm Ned & Betsy Mandel Kevin & Jennifer Mcintyre Donna Morea & Jeff Chandler Norman Ornstein Colin and Alma Powell Condoleezza Rice John Scerbo John Schmidt Mary Beth Schultz John Sonsalla Caroline Van Zile

$250 - $499

Sameer & Nimisha Bhargava Aydin Hayri Mindy Holmes & Des Hogan Jack Jacobson The Ruth H. Kemp Memorial Foundation Susan Kost Kimberly McMillan Georgette & Jason Mugg Maureen Pickarski & Brian Allgaier Matthew Rosser David Schalk Akinyale Shahid & Allison Harrison Mark & Elizabeth Spoto Daniel Stein Eileen Stewart Susan Strittmatter Richard & Jacquelyn Trefry Thomas White & Elizabeth Ehinger