Welcome to the Collective Success Network

The Collective Success Network is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that supports low-income, first-generation (LIFG) college students to achieve their academic and career aspirations.

We are led by a team of volunteers, including first-generation college students and first-generation college graduates

Our Solution

Professionals paying it forward

Our proposal is to build, nurture and sustain a community of professionals to support, mentor and empower college students from disadvantaged backgrounds (students from lower-income communities who may be the first generation in their families to attend college).
What we do:
  1. Connect low-income first-generation (LIFG) college students with professional mentors
  2. Provide programming to prepare students to enter professional career paths
  3. Collaborate with the wider business community to create innovative solutions to increase college success rates and build a socioeconomically diverse talent pipeline
  4. Build campus chapters for LIFG students to develop strong social support networks, organize events and programming that address their needs and challenges, and cultivate leadership and change management skills. First campus chapters at University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University.
  5. Neutralize the stigma associated with being low-income or first-generation and guide LIFG students to cultivate the strengths they bring to the table such as grit, work ethic, resourcefulness, resilience, empathy, and altruism

Join us

Our goal is to have 200 professionals and 200 students sign up before we begin programming for the 2017-2018 academic year. 


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Students: Sign up herejuan-ramos-97385

Support our work

Invest in the Future by making a donation. 

A. Please donate online  here


B. Please write checks to: “UAC/The Collective Success Network” and mail to:

The Collective Success Network
Attn: Lee Wall, Senior Accountant
Urban Affairs Coalition
1207 Chestnut Street, Suite 608
Philadelphia, PA 19107


You can reach us at info@collectivesuccess.org or by filling out the form below.