“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Ask a kindergartner and you might hear doctor, teacher, football player or YouTube star.

Those students may change their minds a hundred times before they graduate, or they might follow that dream every step of the way.

shift_ed exists to support those dreams, removing obstacles that stand in the way and providing support to lift up students. In collaboration with dozens of community partners, shift_ed is impacting students in elementary, middle, high school and college, and positioning graduates to succeed in their chosen careers.


Young woman in graduation gown, looking over shoulder

Elementary School Impact

Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS)

shift_ed offers the HELPS tutoring program in GCS schools and after- school programs. Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies is an evidenced based program designed to improve student’s reading fluency, a key factor in increasing the percentage of students who meet proficiency standards as “College and Career Ready” by the end of 3rd grade.  In the 2020-21 school year students participated both in-person and remotely.

of Remote Learning Participants Improved Oral Reading Fluency

of In-Person Learning Participants Improved Oral Reading Fluency

Holiday Book Drive

shift_ed delivered more than 3,500 books to partner elementary schools and community-based learning sites in winter 2020.  The Holiday Book Drive impacted students in more than 80 classrooms.

Books Donated

Local Classrooms Impacted

Virtual Tutoring Program

In the fall of 2020, shift_ed began a Virtual Tutoring Program to prevent further learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Work-Study Students and Volunteers trained in HELPS worked with 50 2-5th grade students for 15-minute tutoring sessions three times a week.

More than 100 community volunteers stepped up to help 201 students from 45 elementary schools improve their skills in math, science, social studies and homework.

What Students are Saying…

“It helped me read better.”

“It makes me feel more confident.”

“Two things: telling about the story and hanging out with my tutor, she’s the best.”

Middle School Impact

Virtual Tutoring Program

The Virtual Tutoring Program, designed to help prevent learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, also helped middle schoolers beginning in fall 2020.

shift_ed partnered with A+ Test Prep and Tutoring to provide two hours of tutoring to 85 6-8th graders from 15 middle schools weekly. Tutors provided breakout sessions for individual help.

High School Impact

shift_ed Scholarships

shift_ed’s scholarship department conducts more than 100 free postsecondary access workshops, presentations, and community events every year.

More than 5000 families attended in-person events in the 2020-21 school year.

Events Include:

college exploration, college application assistance, FAFSA completion information, financial aid assistance and shift_ed scholarship registration information

Partners Include:

Guilford Parent Academy, Communities in Schools, College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), and all GCS high school counselors.

FAFSA Completion Assistance

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion assistance is a hallmark of shift_ed support.

Since 2015, GCS FAFSA completion rate is up almost 10%


FAFSA completion rates directly correlate to college enrollment

Free SAT/ACT Prep Classes

More than 200 GCS students attended shift_ed's free college exam prep classes in 2020-21.

Free College Prep Webinars

In response to the events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shift_ed offered free webinars for GCS students preparing for college.

35 live, interactive webinars in 2020-21.

Topics Covered:

Cash for college, test prep, maximizing summer experiences, understanding financial aid packages, FAFSA completion, and scholar Q&A.

Service Learning Opportunities

shift_ed partners with GCS to offer service-learning opportunities for high school students.

50 students earned service learning hours through virtually tutoring in 2020-21.

50 students earned service learning hours through virtually tutoring in 2020-21.

What Tutors are Saying…

“I really enjoyed this program. I’m so glad I was granted the opportunity to help children who were struggling this year due to the pandemic. I will definitely be doing this next year!”

“I loved tutoring for this program. I learned so much about each student as well as myself. I can not wait to do it again next year!”

College Impact

shift_ed Scholarships

shift_ed scholarships support graduates from every GCS high school.

shift_ed Scholars are Beating National Averages

88% of the 2020-21 freshman class of shift_ed scholars continued their education in the upcoming academic year, compared to the national average of 76%.

Shift_ed Scholars are graduating at a higher rate than the national average.

68.1% four-year graduation rate compared to the national average of 41%

Bachelor’s Degrees

Associate’s Degrees

shift_ed Scholarships Have a Big Local Impact

2,361 GCS graduates have benefitted from shift_ed scholarships since 2016.

Making significant investments in the futures of gcs students


Cumulative scholarship award since 2016

$11.5 Million

provided by shift_ed tuition assistance

$25.4 Million

provided by private schools partners

Federal Work Study Partnership

shift_ed created and maintained a Federal Work Study Partnership with GTCC, NC A&T and Greensboro.

7 students were trained in HELPS to work with GCS elementary students

Supporting Students Adjusting to College

Free workshops and  webinars to support students adjusting to college and preparing for their career.

Career Impact

Work-life Earnings

shift_ed is committed to helping students move toward better educational outcomes and increased social mobility. Our work is supporting positive systems change to prepare the next generation of leaders and an educated workforce for Guilford County and beyond.


total Work-Life Earnings created by shift_ed Scholars

370 Bachelor’s Degrees are equivalent to $1,036,000,000 in Work-Life Earnings

53 Associate's Degrees are equivalent to $106,000,000 in Work-Life Earnings

Madison Powers

Write your goals down, so you see them every day. If you want to do something, do it.

Madison Powers
Greensboro College Class of 2020

I want them to be free to do the things they want to do, and not be hindered by any circumstances.

Lisa Bond
shift_ed Scholar Mom