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A Call To College

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: “To assure every qualified Newark High School graduate the opportunity to pursue higher education.”

Results: 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 preparing 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 over 300 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 now total over 3 million dollars since the organization's founding in 1991  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.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College has been a valuable resource for my husband and I as we help our oldest prepare for the next step in her academic career. The college process has changed since we were seniors in High School, therefore making the staff and advisers a huge help to not only our daughter but to us as well. Thank you so much for helping our daughter prepare for this exciting chapter in her life.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LOVE this program! They offer so much support and direction to students and their families in preparing for the future. I cannot express the amount of gratitude our family has for this program. From exciting kids at an early age, to facilitating college visits and ACT prep....Call to College in Newark Ohio is one of a kind and we are lucky to have them in our community!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent three years volunteering with A Call to College through their Reading Rocks program. A few times a month we would meet with them at the local library to read the book The Little Engine That Could. The staff from ACTC was remarkable. They were always so excited to work with us as volunteers but more importantly, were incredibly exciting and friendly to the kids they were serving.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College is a phenomenal organization! The staff went above and beyond to assist my daughter with her pursuit of a college education. They provided her a wealth of valuable programming and services, including free ACT prep and testing, college information and planning nights, advising, college visits, an application blitz night, college fairs and a Last Dollar Grant. Moreover, they extended their services to assist me with completing the FAFSA, kept me up to date on upcoming events through text reminders and provided me with helpful tips and information through periodic newsletters. In addition, Brett always took the time to patiently answer my MANY questions and provided reassurance. I sincerely appreciate everything the staff has done to assist us with my daughter's pursuit of a college education. Without a doubt, the efforts of A Call to College have a positive impact on the students at Newark High School!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A Call to College is a wonderful program. I have been fortunate to have had experiences with this program as a second grade and an eighth grade teacher and as a step-parent of children in the district. The program exposes students to the importance of getting a good education and to what options are available to them after they graduate high school. Volunteers begin talking to students in elementary school and continue all the way through high school. Students learn about college, saving, budgeting, planning ahead, and moving forward with their education. They provide numerous resources to students who are applying to college and/or post-secondary education. The program also offers assistance for parents who are in the process of filling out the FAFSA. Our community is very lucky to have a program like A Call to College that is so devoted to continuing education.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an energetic, fun-filled, informative experience at The Works! The creators of the program were very knowledgeable and presented the subject matter clearly so that maximum learning occurred. They also visited our school to link the learning to activities in the classroom. I cannot think of a thing that could have been improved!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with A Call to College for 3 years now. Over the last 3 years I have been amazed at how well this organization connects with students in a way that can make a very stressful time, like preparing for college, and make it less stressful by guiding them through the process. They truly care about the future success of students after high school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are the parents of four children who have gone through this school system. When our oldest daughter was a senior, A Call to College was there for us every step of the way. This was our first experience with college and the work it takes to prepare. ACTC made it seem effortless. They were positive and practically held our hand. I will be forever grateful for their assistance as we had three more children coming up behind her.
I can remember when the Peak Program began. It was that same year that our oldest was a senior. Our 2nd grade son came home so very excited about the visitors in his classroom that day. He couldn’t wait for me to read the book he was given called I Know I Can. What a wonderful way to start small minds geared toward further education.
A Call to College explains the process in such a way that every parent feels they can help their child achieve their goals. The students understand and in turn get excited about the possibility of attending college. Even after the first year, students are encouraged to continue their studies with the opportunity to have The Last Dollar Grant for the entire four years!
ACTC invites colleges to come to the high school campus and set up a table with representatives to help answer questions or apply for their schools. They also take the students on college campus tours. Some of these students may not have visited otherwise. They provide workshops for filling out the FAFSA, ACT Prep and a free ACT test to all seniors and guidance for additional scholarships.
My husband teaches in a different school district and dreams of having this program for his student!
We want to thank the generous donors with the vision to begin this program. It has been a true blessing to this family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit not only gives funds to students but does so much more! They start in elementary school by just having conversations with the word college . Many students in this school district do not have knowledge about continuing their education. This continues in middle school. At the high school level, they have study sessions for the ACT and provide one free ACT test. They also take students to different college trips. This is how my daughter found her college choice. When she returned from her trip, we knew that she would attend Ohio University. During a student's jr and sr years of high school, the program helps them apply to schools and guidance to make their applications better. The Call to College Program has the Last Dollar Grant. Both of my daughters were fortunate to receive this grant. One great thing about this is that they can reapply for the four years in college-just not their freshman year! The one thing that the recipients have to do is give back to the program by visiting their school and talk about their college experience. What a way to give back and encourage others to continue their education!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call To College has helped in anyway that they can. By having this nonprofit organization in a high school, it allows the students to get information on colleges that they need in order to continue their education. A Call to College helped me by showing which college best fit my interest and which college best fit my budget. Even though each student is different, this organization leads students to success!
-Brittany Butler

Client Served

Rating: 5

My students look forward to this program year after year. A Call To College engages my 4th grade students to learn about college-going behaviors and the vocabulary that is associated with college in fun way. They also teach them the importance of financial literacy and money skills such as saving, investing, spending, and donating. Students actually get to earn money, decide how they want to spend it and choose a philanthropy to donate to. This is always a rewarding learning experience. A Call To College has been such a valuable experience to my students that they continue to look forward to it throughout their school years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the things I look forward to each year is volunteering for the Reality Store Liberty Middle School. This activity is a great way to show them the little steps that life brings in the adult world. It is a real world activity within the safety net activity to help them see the actions and the decisions they make have consequences. Some turn out well and others learn hard lessons. I think this is a great way to help them prepare for life and responsibilities as well as how their education now and continuing will play a crucial part in their lives. I believe this is something we need to continue to educate and enrich the children of our community now and in their future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with A Call to College over a number of years.
They do a tremendous job helping high school students get into colleges and universities.
Actually, ACTC starts younger school age students think about college while still in their elementary grades. They challenge public school students to think about life and what goals they want to pursue.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At the beginning of the year my students take a survey that asks them if they want to go to college, most of my students mark no. At the end of the program they take the same survey and almost all of them change their answer to yes. This program helps instill that college is very important for success as an adult. It is an amazing program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call To College was exceptionally helpful resource to me while I was in high school, and has continued to help as I pursue my undergraduate degree. One of the best forms of assistance they offered while I was in high school was helping with the ACT. They paid for me to take it, and also administered a practice test several months before that definitely made my score higher than it would have been without that preparation. Since I graduated, they have helped to make my college more affordable for my family by awarding me with the Last Dollar Grant. This is a great nonprofit that really seeks to help out students be able to reach their academic goals both in and out of high school.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family cannot thank A Call to College enough for their continued financial support. Their generosity has made it possible to cover expenses such as tuition, books, house and more. The work they do on behalf of our students is outstanding and our community is truly blessed to have this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Refreshing to deal with a non-profit that walks the walks when it comes to community service. A Call to College get's it and put the students and education first during a time when we focus far too much on sports.

Thanks for a job well done!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! Call to College is a fabulous program! I have been involved many years and it is such a privilege to interact with the children. The program is so uplifting to the students and very well organized. Thanks for all you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with A Call To College and its staff over the past 10 years has been nothing less than fantastic. It continues to provide real, tangible support toward ensuring high school students from my hometown can enroll in college if they desire to do so. The program does this through last dollar grants, counseling and assistance in the financial aide process, among other forms of support to high school students. In addition, it's programs for younger students (beginning in 2nd grade) help to encourage a mindset toward higher education at an early age. With the changing demographics of the Newark community, this mission fills a critical need. Though a diverse group, the leadership and staff of A Call To College share a common passion for the program. As such, everything they do is for the benefit of students, including their professional interactions with the community. A huge "hats off" to you! Thank you for everything you do each to support our youth!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been in contact or dealt directly with ACTC for the past 5 years. Because I have taught Seniors, Juniors, and Freshmen, the volunteers and workers would often come into my room to present or give lessons on the different topics related to each grade level. All of the ACTC staff are completely professional, polite, and extremely helpful. I love partnering with the ACTC staff members because they are always so prepared and really try to help the kids in life after high school.

They work very hard to help students, parents, and teachers with students' transitions to college/career. The ACTC Junior ACT prep program is top-notch. I've worked with the staff 4 out of the 5 years I have been teaching, having the ACTC staff come into my classroom to help my Juniors prepare for the ACT test. They offer before, after, and during school test prep for Juniors and throughout the year have events which promote college/career readiness.

I don't get to see their elementary programs in process, but I know they have implemented money awareness, future planning, and college prep programs for our younger students in the district as well. Students come up to the high school with a familiarity of ACTC and its purpose, which often helps builds relationships when discussing college/career planning as freshmen.

Overall, one of the best things about working in our school district, is the ACTC program. So many students have benefitted from their wisdom and guidance over the years. I often have kids that come back as graduates who volunteer for different events for ACTC, which is a testament to what this program is all about!