At Coates Inc. our vision is educational equity for under-served communities so that all students can attain college and career success. Our mission is to deliver programs that provide students with equal educational opportunities, college and career resources, and solid connections to the community.
Economic marginalization, low-incomes, high unemployment, limited educational attainment, limited English proficiency, and inadequate basic skills are all barriers to the pursuit of higher education for too many in Gary and East Chicago Indiana. However, these problems are not insurmountable. Our programs are designed to include proactive case management and a strong focus on skills remediation to mitigate the challenges associated with disadvantaged backgrounds.
We are determined to make the dream of post-secondary education a reality for disadvantaged youth and young adults in Gary and East Chicago Indiana.
Growing up, Gary Indiana was a community that did not provide much college and career supports. Many young people had no plans for their future, they were just surviving. I saw many neighbors lose their lives, go to jail or miss the opportunity to maximize their potential because they did not have a vision or the resources to achieve something greater. There was a college and career equity issue then and it still remains today. There is more to be done in terms of college and career exposure and dedicated hands-on support for success.
Coates Inc is on the case! Our approach includes: college and career readiness, active engagement and community partnerships, social-emotional learning, and exploration of equity and participation.
"I created Coates Inc to serve as a wraparound service to school communities and local organizations to help expand their reach and guide students interested in post-secondary opportunities across the state."
- Catisha Toney, Founder and Executive Director
High quality college and career supports through programs, events, coaching and curriculum.
Reaching goals by collaborating professionally with peers and members of the community.
Developing resilience in the face of adversity and learning to problem solve efficiently and effectively.
Enhancing academic and social experiences for all through support, exploration, identity development and social justice education.