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Jonathan Bush credits his boldness to dream big on Emerge, a Houston-based non-profit that prepares high-achieving students from low-income communities for college. That's partly right.

But Bush is a wonder. A young man with hope in his eyes and a strong internal desire to be all he can be. He captivated a packed ballroom for the Emerge's "Build The Village" luncheon early this year. 

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Teen praises the college-prep program EMERGE for empowering him to dream big

EMERGE empowers & prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges & universities across the nation.

The Challenge:
Only 13% of students from Houston's low-income communities earn a post-secondary degree (two or four-year) within ten years of graduating from high school. 

- THECB TEA FY 2008 8th Grade Cohort

In the United States, only 25% of high-achieving students from
low-income communities apply to the nation's most selective colleges and
- True Merit, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 
Who We Are:
EMERGE high school students 
EMERGE College Students
High schools across the greater
Houston-area school district partners
Selective college partners
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