The College Lift Initiative (CLI) is currently the flagship program of the Piedmont Renewal Network. Through CLI, students will complete a 7 year selected academic program designed to prepare them for acceptance and success at college or university. Beginning in 6th grade, students will attend Weekend Academy, a Saturday morning program designed to provide rigorous auxiliary instruction in Math, Science, and Language Arts. This program is designed to both raise their GPA, and prepare them to excel on the standardized tests so crucial for college acceptance. In addition, CLI scholars who fall below a 2.5 GPA will receive
The Piedmont Renewal Network has adapted its College Lift Initiative from the University of Southern California’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI). NAI graduated its first class of seniors in 1997, and since then has seen 1000 students complete the program. Over 80% of NAI’s graduates have gone on to
USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) Reach Higher Learning video.
The Piedmont Renewal Network conducted the first semester of the College Lift Initiative from January 20th, 2018 – May 26th, 2018. For details, see our Progress Report.