Posse started in 1989 because of one student who said, 'I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.' The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. The Foundation extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams (Posses) of 10 students. The organization's 56 partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full tuition leadership scholarships. Posse trains and supports Posse Scholars from their senior year of high school through all four years of college, ensuring they persist in their studies and graduate with bachelor's degrees at an incredible rate of 90% or better.
The Posse Foundation pursues the following goals:
1. To expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds.
2. To help these institutions build more interactive campus environments so they can become more welcoming institutions for students from all backgrounds.
3. To ensure that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.
The Posse Foundation provides college access and leadership development to high-potential youth from diverse backgrounds through comprehensive recruitment, training, and peer support programming.
Posse Miami College Success and Youth Leadership Development Program
The Posse Foundation opened its local program, Posse Miami, in 2009 in order to serve high school students in Miami-Dade County and Broward County Public Schools.
Posse fulfills its mission through a program of five components. Together, these program components enable Posse to identify Scholars and to actively and consistently support them from their senior year in high school, throughout their college years and as Posse alumni.
The Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP) is Posse’s unique recruitment and selection approach designed to identify young leaders who might be missed by traditional admissions criteria but are able to excel at selective colleges and universities.
During Pre-Collegiate Training (PCT), the selected Scholars attend weekly workshops on a) team building and group support; b) cross-cultural communication; c) leadership training; and, d) writing and academic readiness.
The Campus Program ensures the academic success of Posse Scholars and enhances the impact of their campus leadership initiatives.
The Career Program provides Scholars and alumni with the tools, resources and opportunities needed to achieve leadership positions in their career fields.
Posse Access is an online database that gives partner colleges and universities access to the high-achieving students who reach the final stage in the DAP process, but are not selected as Scholars, to consider for regular admission.
Partner, ValueAct Capital
President & Founder
Director, Posse Miami
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.