Absolute Success College Access Program (ASCAP)
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The New York Urban League’s Absolute Success College Access Program (ASCAP) is a comprehensive college and career access model that holds college readiness at the center of all our education services while fostering an environment of high expectations, encouraging leadership, academic achievement and social responsibility. Today, we are developing technologically advanced, research based programming to meet young people’s needs during life’s most difficult transitions - middle school, high school to college, and graduating from college on time. Our Absolute Success Project Ready youth development and leadership program on Staten Island continues to work with more than 200 students annually on positive education, college and career choices, conflict resolution and becoming agents of change in their communities. We also offer web-based resources for students and their parents seeking college information and financial aid.
Are you thinking about going to
college, but don’t know where to
start and have a million questions?
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholar Connect is a mentoring program specifically designed for New York Urban League Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarship recipients. In partnership with the New York Urban League Young Professionals (YP), scholarship recipients are paired with YP’s for support, encouragement and to be connected to a caring and trusting mentor throughout their college experience. The connect program includes outings with the scholars when they are home from school, travel support for attendance to NYUL specific events, and the development of an online component to further promote the program and connect with alumni scholars. To become a mentor contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.926.8000 ext 141
The College Access Technology Center is an information facility equipped with the tools to provide the guidance and assistance for the college preparation journey. The center, located in Harlem, utilizes technological and staff resources such as workshops and parent education to ensure that students and their families are properly informed and equipped. To make an appointment contact email@example.com or call 212.926.8000 ext 141.
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Coming Soon: The College Access Web Portal is a web resource that will be launched this Fall to prepare, assist and support students on their college journey. It will provide access and linkages to resources for post secondary readiness, and preparation – admissions, parent education, financial aid, and scholarships – to ensure students and their families feel empowered to embark on the road towards higher education.
Girls’ Empowerment Day/ Young Men’s Empowerment Day - One of the greatest opportunities we can provide students and future employers are early exploration of jobs and careers; starting this process long before students enter college opens up a world of possibilities while informing students’ decisions about high school course work and activities. The New York Urban League not only believes in the power of education, but also the power to inform educational choices throughout a student’s academic career. To that end, the NYUL has developed empowerment days for girls and young men currently in High School. On those days, 300 students visit one of our empowerment sites to explore careers throughout New York City. Empowerment leaders from business, government, public and sports/entertainment will introduce groups of 10-15 young men or women to careers, speak to them about their personal journey to success, and provide a glimpse into a world many of these students have never seen before. Employees are able to educate students about a variety of careers that they may not have known existed and to describe the various paths employees have taken to get into the positions they hold. Along the way, students are unlocking new thoughts and expectations for their future. The girls’ day concludes with a panel discussion with professional and celebrity women bringing a message of empowerment and young men’s day concludes with mini-round table discussions led by professional men and empowerment site leaders.
Our Annual HBCU Fair is one of the cornerstones of our educational platform to provide every student the NYUL reaches with college exploration opportunities and guidance. Our annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities Fair (HBCU) in partnership with the New York Urban League’s Young Professionals, attracts over 3,000 New York City high school students, out of state high school students and their parents. Located at the Riverbank State Park facility in Harlem, the event features more than 45 HBCUs, some of which provide on-site admissions and scholarship awards, and also includes interactive workshops on college admissions, applying for financial aid, researching scholarships, preparing for the first year in college, and succeeding on standardized entry exams. In 2010, participating schools waived 1079 application fees totaling $37,765; awarded 43 scholarships totaling $528,500; and 161 students were admitted onsite. The fair is in its 26th year. Click Here For Details
Parent Academies are workshops designed to help educate parents and caregivers so they are equipped to take an active role in the academic path of their children. NYUL will release A Parent’s Guide to College in late September. The guide is designed for parents of students who are the first generation in their family to attend college. The guide will examine all facets of college preparation from entering 9th grade through the critical senior year of high school, as well as examining local options of the CUNY and SUNY system. Click Here for Details
For more information, contact us at 212-926-8000, ext. 141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.