The Opportunity Network (OppNet), a New York-based nonprofit, has become a member of SpaceLab Detroit.
OppNet connects students from historically and systematically underrepresented communities to college access and success, internships, career opportunities, and personal and professional networks. Students participate in an intensive, six-year program designed to equal the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students by creating access for them to career opportunities, professional networks and competitive colleges.
Ninety-eight percent of OppNet students are accepted to selective 4-year colleges with demonstrated financial need met. 100% graduate from college in six years and 85% in four years. 85% leverage their Career Fluency® to secure career track employment or admission to graduate school within six months of college graduation.
OppNet envisions a nation connected through vibrant communities and networks actively in pursuit of social justice and educational equity – a nation where all young people can freely create their own path to enduring success that honors their passions, ambitions, and full identities.
The organization has most recently partnered with the Reach Higher Initiative, launched by former First Lady Michelle Obama, for its 5th annual Beating the Odds Summit at Howard University in Washington, DC. OppNet led a series of workshops covering key skills and concepts needed to thrive throughout college to more than 50 first-generation college students.