Want to help pave the path to higher education for a kid?
It’s not a given for everyone.

Graduation Generation knows the exponential power of access to education for our young community members. For some, it’s an uphill climb. We engage students more fully, involve families more regularly, and empower teachers more effectively so kids have every opportunity. We mobilize community stakeholders and deploy Emory students, staff, and faculty volunteers with one ultimate goal: increasing graduation rates and decreasing dropout rates for Atlanta public elementary, middle, and high school students.



Graduation Generation enriches Atlanta’s K-12 community by driving its charter through a variety of programs. See how you might like to get involved! You can find more information at www.emorygradgen.com.

Curriculum Boost provides academic support across the curriculum for select middle and high school teachers in Atlanta, including creating/supplementing lessons and establishing enrichment opportunities.

E.E.D. is a mentoring program for 9-12th grade students at Maynard Jackson High School. Volunteer mentors create and participate in social and academic activities for the students, such as: stress management exercises, campus exposure, and career development workshops.

One of our most consistent and impactful programs comes in the form of weekly college entry exam preparations. SAT/ACT Preparatory Program meets Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:00 PM for 8-10 weeks each semester. Graduation Generation provides study guides and recruits and students work with the high schoolers each week.

STEAM Club is an after-school monthly science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics club for 3rd-5th graders. Emory students or volunteer community partners adopt a month to create lesson plans and lead the students in engaging, hands-on activities to enrich their STEAM knowledge.

Paving Our Futures is a mentoring program led by Emory students at Cross Keys High School and Maynard Jackson High School designed to assist high school students with the college application process, including searching for scholarships and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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With different projects happening every week around Atlanta, there are many ways to get involved.

All of them require different commitments from volunteers. Most of our undergraduate students have elected to continue as interns for seven semesters or more they find working with GradGen so rewarding.

“The ideas of college and the college application process are two very daunting ideas and students who come from low-income communities, who are often first-generation, may feel distant from the idea and even be intimidated by it. This should not be the case because the students we work with are incredibly talented.” –Emory undergrad volunteer 

  1. Reach out to us to see which program you’re right for.
  2. See what works in your schedule.
  3. Sign up and get any training you need to start.

Graduation Generation Events



Like all community outreach efforts, Graduation Generation relies on the efforts from many partners around town to support our efforts including TreesAtlanta and STEAMSport as well as other University programs and departments. It takes a village. Here are the schools we currently serve: 

Atlanta Public Schools

Dekalb County School District


  • 5,236 Atlanta K-12 students served
  • 340 K-12 staff partners
  • 930 volunteer Emory students, staff, faculty, and alumni

Graduation Generation has a history of meeting the community during its hardest times. We were founded in 2010 during the great recession as an effort to invest in improving schools in local neighborhoods. Mr. Rick Rieder - a philanthropist, businessman, Emory alumnus/trustee, Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc., and member of the Communities in Schools National Leadership Council - donated $1 million to jumpstart the GradGen initiative.

Want to learn more? Read these:

GradGen Newsletter 2017-18 (PDF file)

GradGen Report 2018-19

Leaders, Staff, Student Workers

Barbara Coble, PhD

Partnerships Manager

Aisha Mahmood

Graduate Program Assistant


Afua Yamoah, Work Study Intern
Dominic Lal, Work Study Intern
Rafely Palacios, Work Study Intern
Hannah Grace Gruebmeyer, Work Study Intern
Amara Lea-Ahaghotu, Work Study Intern
Ure Nnanabu, Work Study Intern
Louie Martir, Work Study Intern