College Access & Success – College Prep Classes
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to go to college
Our College & Career Readiness Program ensures that under-served 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.
Edgies has 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 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
COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS:
- One-on-one and small group academic advisement
- SAT preparation course
- Workshops on college preparation topics including applications, identifying colleges that are a good fit, essays, financial aid, and scholarships
- College trips and visits from admissions officers to expose the teens to a broad range of colleges
- Access to mentors and tutors
- Early exposure to a variety of colleges through college visits, college fairs, visits from admissions officers, and panel discussions with recent college graduates
Spring 2022 Programming
Snack and Community Time: Students take time to relax and enjoy a snack while getting to know their fellow Edgies members. Staff are available for students who have something on their mind or need support, advice, resources, or help problem-solving.
Homework Help: Having trouble with your homework or school projects? Homework help provides members with the support, resources and guidance necessary to complete their homework. Dedicated staff and volunteers support participants in achieving academic success. One-on-one tutoring is available by appointment; if interested please speak to an Edgies staff member.
SAT Prep: Students strengthen their test-taking skills to increase their chances of getting into their top college. This free intensive program familiarizes students with SAT Math and English content aligned to the newly redesigned SAT Exam. Sessions consist of group instruction with highly qualified SAT instructors.
Mentoring: Volunteers work one-on-one with participants helping them to realize their strengths, work towards their goals, build confidence and independence. Mentors also support participants in becoming college ready through assistance in creating a college list, searching and applying for scholarships, editing their personal statement and more. Students learn about volunteers’ career trajectories and how to job search successfully. Volunteers include Educational Alliance staff, community members, recent graduates, and staff from corporate partner organizations such as Facebook, The New York Times, NYU, Barclays, Deloitte, and BlackRock. Students must participate in senior advisory to be eligible for senior mentoring.
Keystone Club: Keystone Club provides leadership development opportunities for young people. Teens participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, teens learn how to have a positive impact on members, the Club and their community.
Open Gym: Teens can use this unstructured gym time to improve their jump shot, speed, and confidence on the court or jump into a scrimmage with friends! They can also unwind from their week while playing volleyball, jump rope, or dodgeball.
Real Talk: Participants meet to explore and discuss issues of importance in their lives. Teen facilitators and guest speakers will guide each session to be fun, informative, and practical. Through youth-led conversations and activities, teens will foster a social community of peer support and continuous growth.
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