A Call To College
Rating: 4.97 stars 39 reviews
Location: P.O. Box 4145 Newark OH 43058-4145 USA
Results: 2013-14 Highlights: Early Awareness The PEAK Program provided over 800 hours of targeted, activity-based college outreach to 2,000 second, fourth, sixth and eighth grade students in nearly 100 different classrooms. Over three-quarters of the 59 Newark City School partner teachers at each of these grade levels chose "strongly agree" when asked whether PEAK programming was a valuable use of class time. High School Sixty percent of the junior class received assistance registering for the ACT. Evening help sessions and in-office appointments assisted over 100 parents and students with submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visits to four colleges and a regional college fair trip offered 338 juniors and seniors a closer view of college options and campus life. Five specialized junior and senior information sessions provided approximately 225 parents and students valuable college timeline and cost-saving tips. Grant Recipients Last-Dollar Grant awards totaling $232,032 were awarded to 235 qualified graduating seniors and returning college students Last-Dollar Grant scholarship checks were sent to over 61 different colleges and universities across the country Community Support Over 500 individuals from 33 states supported the program financially. A Call to College was named the 2014 Non-Profit of the Year by The Licking County Chamber of Commerce State Farm awarded a $15,000 strategic focus grant for personal financial literacy to support PEAK’s fourth and eighth grade programming.
Target demographics: Newark City School District students and families
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3000 students from second grade through senior year and hundreds of Newark families
Geographic areas served: Newark City School District (6700 students in 1 high school, 3 middle and 7 elementary school buildings)
Programs: need-based scholarships, ACT test registration and preparation assistance, help with filing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and comprehensive early college awareness outreach for elementary and middle schoolers.
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I have worked with A Call to College for the past three years. Every spring, my class (The Learner and the Teacher: Childhood) in the Department of Education at Denison University participates in the culminating activity for 2nd graders in the early awareness program of A Call to College. My students design theme-based lessons and then don their Denison gear to go into the classrooms, teach their lessons, and field questions about college. This activity is highly valuable to my students as well as the second graders and their teachers. This program continues to evolve as the staff is continually reflecting and looking for ways to improve their outreach. What I find truly special about A Call to College is that the mission is to expand the students' and community's view on the value of education and how it can change one's life. Not only does the staff share this philosophy on the importance of education but they give the students tools to help them reach their educational goals.
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