The mission of A Better Chance is to increase substantially the number of well-educated students of color capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. Our goal is to change the life trajectory of academically talented youth of color in grades 6-12 through access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities.

 For 53 years, A Better Chance has been a driving force in the effort to increase educational attainment among youth of color. Our record of success is evident in the 15,000 Alumni who have become great innovators, thinkers and leaders in their respective fields. Three demonstrated results that highlight our accomplishments are:


  • On average, 96% of A Better Chance graduates enroll directly in college, compared with 24% of students of color nationwide.
  • Over the last 8 years, 85% of A Better Chance Alumni earned undergraduate degrees compared to just 57% of all students.
  • Over the last 8 years, nearly 20% of A Better Chance Alumni who received baccalaureate degrees went on to complete graduate or professional degrees.  Nearly 11% of those were medical degrees and 15% were law degrees.


The Southeast Regional Office, the largest A Better Chance regional office, is committed to recruiting and retaining well educated scholars that are seeking a rigorous academic program and leadership opportunities. Southeast regional programs include academic enrichment, community service projects, access to summer opportunities, and social events.   

SouthEast Region MapThe A Better Chance Southeast Region consists of the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

This is the largest region of the A Better Chance organization, which supports over 480 students and their families.

The Parents as Partners (P.A.P) group was created to support the efficiency and effectiveness of the Southeast region’s office, as well as the success and promotion of A Better Chance scholars, through the dedication of parent volunteers.