Determined To Succeed identifies motivated, low-income middle school students who show an exceptional determination to succeed, but who are at risk of getting lost in the system.

Beginning in middle school, continuing through 12th grade and into college, our program provides the year-round academic and enrichment resources they need to succeed in middle and high school, so that they may successfully apply, enroll and graduate from college.

Our goal is 100% college enrollment and graduation.


2014 National Book Award Winner, Jacqueline Woodson meets with Determined To Succeed students to discuss her memoir BROWN GIRL DREAMING!

Children’s Book World introduced the amazingly talented young adult author, Jacqueline Woodson to our middle and high school students by giving each student a copy of her magnificently written memoir to read prior to meeting Ms. Woodson for an exclusive author discussion and question and answer session in October. The students prepared thoughtful, articulate questions […]


Lizardo’s Story

One of co-founder Sara Hahn’s 5th grade students who inspired her to create Determined To Succeed is a junior at Syracuse University and is learning the film and television business from every angle as a film major and intern at Paramount Studios. Lizardo’s passion and curiosity about every facet of the making of film and […]


Determined To Succeed’s 6th Annual Family Movie Night was a Smashing Success!

Once again co-chairs and founders, Tammy Ratner and Sahara Pynes broke all previous attendance and fundraising records with the absolutely fantastical party and screening of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. There was over 400 parents and children in attendance to savor the chocolate confections, Mad Science experiments, magic tricks, creative balloon making and delicious […]

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