As schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Angela Li noticed that many students in her community lacked academic support. Across the nation, low-income students were less likely to have individual interaction with a teacher, real-time classes, or in-person opportunities. Motivated by her value of learning — imparted by her highly educated parents, who faced financial difficulty when immigrating to the U.S. — and prepared by her entrepreneurship coursework at Princeton University, Li founded Hatch in the spring of 2020.
In its first year, Hatch achieved a national reach. Two-hundred trained Teaching Fellows, volunteers studying at top universities across the country, have virtually supported 250 K-12 students in subjects ranging from language arts to chemistry.
Our program has proven successful: over 70% of Hatch students improved their grades throughout a semester-long cycle, and parents overwhelmingly rate us highly. Our impact has been equally illustrated by the personal stories we hear from students and their families, whether it be a high school senior’s college acceptance or the friendship a Teaching Fellow built with a student.
We’re excited to build on our success and continue to support K-12 students, even after the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to expand our program, combatting education inequities and helping more students reach their potential.