We believe that all students deserve the opportunity to succeed. Our mission is to connect underserved students to leadership development and educational opportunities.
We’re all about creating a college-going culture and cultivating leadership development.
We envision a city where all students have adequate access to information and connections to opportunity. Our vision is to reduce generational poverty by encouraging a “college-going culture” in low-income and high-need communities.
Our purpose is to create outlets and strategic collaborations that connect students to opportunity. We are committed to helping high school students become competitive college applicants and leaders in their communities.
Here's how we've impacted students so far:
Students that attend a school with a sponsored advisor are 30% more likely to apply to a college or university
Project 88 has supplied 12,079 students with Advise TX college advisors, and that number keeps growing every day
Project 88 has been able to support eight certified college advisors in underserved Houston public high schools
Ericka Graham, Founder
Ericka's alma mater: Univeristy of Wisconsin
Ericka met Garrett while playing basketball for the University of Wisconsin, and the two eventually married and moved to Houston. Upon moving to Houston, Ericka completed a Master's program at Rice University, and went on to teach high school English and College Readiness at a low-income school. This experience led Ericka's passion for establishing the Project 88 Foundation and continues to fuel her and Garrett's mission to connect underserved students to leadership development and educational opportunities.
Garrett Graham, Founder
Garrett's alma mater: Univeristy of Wisconsin
Garrett Graham was selected in the 2010 NFL draft by the Houston Texans out of the University of Wisconsin. In 2013, Garrett recorded 49 receptions and 5 touchdowns, tying teammate Andre Johnson for the most receiving touchdowns in the 2013 season. Off the field, Garrett was nominated by his teammates for the 49th annual NFLPA Bryon White Award for outstanding community service. Garrett and his wife Ericka are proud to call Houston their home. They are passionate about making a difference in the Houston community with the Project 88 Foundation.
Board of Directors
Our board of directors is made up of individuals who wholly believe in Project 88's mission to connect underserved students to leadership development and educational opportunities.