COLLEGE: AN OPPORTUNITY EVERYONE DESERVES
“Edgies has definitely made me a more motivated person…The staff encouraged me to find my “fit” college and they guided me through the confusing college application process. They took me on college trips and I visited more than 10 colleges. Their staff would stay with me till 7 or 8 at night working on my college essays and financial aid applications.” — Christine, College Prep member who earned a scholarship that covered nearly all of her costs to Colby College.
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to go to college.
Our College Prep and SPARC Programs ensure that underserved students in Downtown Manhattan have the resources and support to access college and to succeed once they’re there. Many of our teens are the first in their families to go to college.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL ENRICHMENT (SPARC)
Our Students Pursuing Achievement and Readiness for College (SPARC) program is an enrichment program for middle school students that fosters an early awareness of the skills and attitudes necessary for high school and post-secondary education success.
As middle schoolers are at a crucial stage in which attitudes toward school and self are shaped, SPARC students participate in a wide variety of youth development activities that challenge and nourish the mind and body. Activities reinforce social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills that and encourage a college-bound culture. SPARC students also build mentoring relationships with positive, compassionate adult role models.
SPARC operates on Saturdays for 5 hours during the school year, and three days a week during the summer.
IN THE NEWS: WPIX Morning News featured our SPARC program for middle school students — an early awareness program within College Prep! Click here to watch the segment.