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Help an underserved student earn a college degree and break the generational cycle of poverty

You can make a difference! A gift to DTS is an investment in our students’ futures. Please consider supporting our work with your tax-deductible donation.

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Every child, regardless of circumstances, deserves to live a happy, healthy, productive life. In theory, education is the great equalizer, leveling the playing field across socioeconomic strata. College graduates with a bachelor’s degree typically earn 66% more than those with only a high school diploma. In truth, nearly 90% of low-income, first generation college students fail to graduate.

At DTS, we take a unique, holistic approach to college access and success. We meet our students where they are and listen to where they want to go. We expose them to opportunities and help them acclimate to a college-going culture through robust and intentional programming. No one falls through the cracks. Some years ago, one of our ninth graders was struggling in her English class. Her DTS Advisor identified the weaknesses in reading comprehension that were at the root of her struggle, and then worked with her one-on-one until her reading fluency and comprehension were up to speed. Today, this student, a rising college senior, runs the DTS summer book clubs and is working toward becoming a teacher.

Every child has the ability to achieve more. At DTS, our daily goal is to help all of our students realize their full potential.

  • $35 Provides a student with his/her own copy of Book Club books
  • $65 Provides academic planners and writing journals
  • $100 Sends a student's family on a college tour
  • $250 Sends a student to DTS Outdoors sleepaway camp
  • $500 Provides a month of healthy snacks for 50 students
  • $1000 Provides a laptop computer to a college freshman
  • $2500 Provides an SAT prep course to 20 students

You may also write a check payable to Determined to Succeed and mail it to:

Determined to Succeed
2525 Ocean Park Blvd.
Suite 116
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Determined to Succeed is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. It will be sent automatically to you upon successful completion of your online donation. Donations made by check will be acknowledged by letter and sent to the address listed thereon.