A Better Chance is on a mission to change the landscape of American leadership by increasing the number of well-educated young people of color through access to competitive educational opportunities.

Established in 1963, A Better Chance is the leading resource for identifying, recruiting, and developing leaders among young people of color in America who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership. A Better Chance helps Scholars of color and their families receive life-changing educational opportunities.

The College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP) is a process designed to recruit, place, and support students at more than 200 independent day, boarding, and select public schools. In its nearly 60 year history, A Better Chance has helped nearly 17,000 young people gain access to private and public schools nationwide. The organization’s Alumni leverage these educational experiences to become leaders throughout each phase of their personal and professional journeys.

Gabrielle Battle

Gabrielle Battle (The College Preparatory School, Class of 2019) is currently a sophomore at Duke University, majoring in public policy. She is deeply passionate about racial justice and has worked to advocate for marginalized communities in her hometown of Oakland, California, and as a student at Duke. Gabrielle serves on Duke’s Black Student Alliance Advocacy and Caucasus Committee and the Presidential Council on Black Affairs, where she works to recruit academically talented Black students and improve their experience at the university.

Last summer, Gabrielle was selected as an Ethics in Place Fellow with the Kenan Institute, where she spearheaded her own research entitled, “Just-Us: Young Black Women’s Perceptions of Justice, Inequality, and Liberation.” For this study, Gabrielle interviewed approximately 50 Black girls from across the United States to identify the most pressing problems affecting them. As a Duke University 20|20 Scholar, she will continue her Just-Us research in 2021 and develop programming to address some of the issues girls discussed.

 

Bonnie Jenkins

Bonnie Jenkins is a former State Department official and expert on assessing global threats from nuclear weapons to global health. She is the U.S. representative to the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (WMD) and chaired the Global Partnership in 2012.

After graduating from The Spence School in 1978, Bonnie earned her BA at Amherst, followed by a JD at Albany Law School, an MPA from SUNY Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, an LLM from Georgetown in International and Comparative Law, and a PhD from the University of Virginia in International and Comparative Affairs.

Bonnie’s current focus is on her non-profit, the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation organization, of which she is Founder and President.

Gabrielle and Bonnie are two examples of the talented community of leaders within A Better Chance’s Alumni network. With 2,230 currently enrolled Scholars, an average College Matriculation Rate of 99 percent (as of 2019), and 206 Member Schools nationwide, A Better Chance is changing the future of American leadership for the better.

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