In partnership with Stamford Achieves, Let’s Get Ready is returning to Stamford this summer. The Let’s Get Ready – Stamford summer program, founded in 2003, serves motivated, low- income and first generation college-bound high school students from the Greater Stamford area who aspire to attend college. Students receive intensive SAT tutoring, college-going support and guidance, and mentoring from college student volunteers.

This summer the program will be held in downtown Stamford with space donated through the generosity of Rippowam Park Co., LLC. Andrew Sklover, Director of Advocacy and Education of Stamford Achieves, described the impact of these partnerships:

“Through collaboration and the generosity of community partners like Rippowam Park and Pyramid Real Estate Group we can have a collective and positive impact on Stamford youth participating in this highly regarded program.”

This program is right now recruiting high school student participants and college student volunteers. More information below! 

Where: 159 Main Street, Stamford CT

When: June 18 – August 13, Monday and Wednesday evenings, 5:30 – 8:30PM (as well as Saturday Diagnostic Tests, College Trips, and a Career Workshop)

Participants: Application acceptance is prioritized by those students who will be seniors in the fall of 2014, qualify for free/reduced lunch and/or are first generation college-bound, as well as other students who would not otherwise be able to afford SAT preparation and college application assistance. Applications and more information available at:

Volunteers: Trained college student volunteer “Coaches” lead small groups of five students, tutoring one evening per week (either the Verbal or Math sections of the SAT) and guiding students through the college application process. Applications and more information available at:

Site Directors: Andrea Lopez-Salazar (UConn-Stamford) and Samantha Colon (Roger Williams University)

Let’s Get Ready, founded in 1998 has served over 20,000 low-income high school students throughout the northeast with the engagement of 7,000 college students who coach our high school students through the entire college readiness process as well as through college graduation. Partnering with colleges, high schools and community organizations, Let’s Get Ready addresses the pressing need to close the nation’s educational achievement gap. For more information on Let’s Get Ready please contact Program Manager Molly Reardon at or 646.216.2315.

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