A longitudinal study completed by the Piton Foundation in 2009 found that only 39% of high school graduates of Denver Public Schools (DPS) earn a four year college degree within six years of finishing high school. That figure dropped to 25% for low income students. Nationally, the 2009 U.S. Census Bureau reports that bachelor's degrees are held by only 13% of Hispanics and 20% of African-Americans. The Lumina Foundation offered a solution to problems of college access and success for low-income youth: early college prep programs coupled with the guidance of caring adults.
The PBLA demographics demonstrate the Porter-Billups commitment to helping at-risk, low income Denver youth graduate from high school and college:Diverse and Inclusive:
Families reporting income below $40,000
Families reporting income below 30,000
Families reporting income below 20,000
Families with a parent with bachelor's degree
Families with a parent without high school