It is said that the real estate business is about “location, location, location.” But Raising Expectations’ partnership with the Stockbridge Real Estate Enrichment Program (REEP) is all about “relationship, relationship, relationship.” That relationship began when Bianca Tabourn, a student at Spelman College, came to us as a volunteer. When she went to work with Stockbridge, it facilitated a partnership that provides our students with opportunities to acquaint themselves with the commercial real estate industry.
As a part of REEP, Stockbridge conducts monthly workshops with industry leaders, takes students on property tours, offers paid internships with Stockbridge or its partner firms, matches students with mentors, and helps prepare students for college admissions tests. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible for a $20,000 scholarship funded by Stockbridge and partnering firms.
Stockbridge provides the opportunity, and RE does the work of preparing students to meet it head-on. In between monthly learning sessions hosted by Stockbridge, RE does the day-to-day work of encouraging students to study, helping with assignments, and making sure they arrive at each Saturday session ready to learn. It is a true partnership, with each organization leveraging its expertise to ensure that students get the most out of this unique opportunity.
Besides benefitting individual students, the partnership will help to diversify the commercial real estate industry as some of our students choose careers in the field.