The Posse Foundation has opened its seventh site in the city of Miami, Florida, the fourth largest school district in the country. With over 350,000 students that make up a richly diverse public school system and community, Miami is an ideal home for Posse’s newest chapter.
The new site was largely funded by a generous grant from The New World Foundation in partnership with the Novo Foundation, which each issued a challenge grant of $250,000. At Posse’s annual gala this May, an additional $300,000 was pledged by support the first three years of operation of Posse Miami.
With recruitment already underway, Posse Miami has partnered with Mount Holyoke College and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and will send the first two cohorts of Miami students to their campuses next fall.
The official announcement of Posse Miami’s opening came at a launch event on July 8 at the Viceroy Miami Hotel, where Florida Department of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Penn Dean of Admissions Eric Furda joined Posse President and Founder Deborah Bial, Posse staff and supporters.
“Our students today are our leaders tomorrow,” said Superintendent Carvalho. “There’s no better program in the country to help ensure that students who show promise and intelligence have access to a first-rate college education.”