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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

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

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.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wouldn't have been able to complete the college preparation process without A Call To College. They're great people who do great things for their students. Great organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A giant Thank You for being there every step of the way!!! A Call to College helped us with setting up our FAFSA account with all the passwords, encouraging my student to apply for all kinds of colleges and scholarships and they even had a REMIND TEXT, which was so helpful!! I needed those reminders!!! Thanks also for being friendly and supportive!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank all of you so much for your support and help as I prepared to take the next step towards my future! Having the opportunity to meet with my adviser where I could gather my thoughts and organize my plan of action my junior and senior year of high school was a huge help and a great stress-reliever!

Robert196

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call To College is a fabulous non-profit organization that operates directly out of the Newark High School building and provides overwhelmed students with the information and guidance they need to pursue higher education, should they choose to. With FAFSA assistance, ACT and SAT prep help, and the generous Last Dollar Grant, college-bound students need not fear their future as they will receive advice and considerable financial assistance every step of the way. Even though college and branching out into the real world is a scary transition, A Call to College ensures that NCS students don't have to go it alone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College is a fantastic organization whose mission helps local students realize their college dreams. I will be a sophomore at Kent State University this year and have been the recipient of two scholarships from A Call to College. These have been a huge financial help to me and my family and I can't thank them enough for their generosity and for the good work they do. Our community is truly blessed to have such an organization.

Brian Boehmer

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College has been a huge help to us in navigating all aspects of the college experience for both of our sons- from filling out FAFSA forms, applying for scholarships, and all types of general advice about college.
The staff and advisors at ACTC are all very helpful and go out of their way to provide information, support, and encouragement to students and parents alike.
Some of our family friends from other school districts are always so surprised to learn that Newark City Schools has such a great resource available to us and have said they wish their own schools offered something similar.
ACTC has been so important to us in helping with the nuts and bolts of financing and obtaining a college education for our sons. Without the knowledgeable assistance and financial help from ACTC and their generous donors, our family would have struggled greatly having 2 kids in college at the same time. The financial help and support from ACTC has had such a positive impact on both our sons, and our whole family. Thank you from the Pancini family !!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Attending college is essential to completing my life goal of becoming a CPA. Though college provides endless opportunities, it also comes with a great deal of financial burden. I just completed my second year of college and am about to start my third, and A Call to College has helped me all three years by taking some of that burden off. This has allowed me to not worry about the money as much, and to focus on my studies and campus involvement more. A Call to College has definitely played a huge role in contributing to my success and has allowed me to further prepare myself for my career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Call to College is awesome!!! I am a Newark High school student who comes from a family with a single income. So the idea of having over $20,000 in college debt wasn't very inviting. The A Call to College foundation at my local high school has been very helpful in relieving some of this burden. With help from a Call to College, Licking county Foundation and several other scholarships i have been able to college with no debt so far. I am currently in my junior year at The Ohio State University pursuing a Bachelors degree in Welding Engineering.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A Call to College is made up by a group of people dedicated to making college accessible and affordable. And what makes that group so unique is the drive, the commitment and personal mission that they share in making this happen. Though a small group, they are tireless champions who educate and tell the story over and over – driving home the message that yes, you've got this and yes, you can be exactly who you always wanted to be . That is a message all children need to hear.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Call to College provides a vital service to the students who live in my community. Starting in second grade, the group's programming encourages students to think of high school graduation as the beginning of their lives, and as a stepping-off point for their futures. A Call to College also helps students prepare for the ACT, college applications and financial aid. The cherry on top is in the Last Dollar grants that all students can apply for, which give up to $1,000-per-year for four years to students who need the extra help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student, I believe that each member of the A Call to College staff genuinely cares about the success of myself and my peers. I have always left their office feeling relieved and confident in our solutions. This program made a HUGE difference on my college decision process.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a relatively new member to the Newark community and am the Head of Children's services for the county library system. This group has invited to me to participate with them as a guest reader during their career day program & the day was very well put together. The purpose of career day is to allow the 2nd grade students to be exposed to a variety of career options in an up-close, informal setting. Each child gets a book to keep. This small portion of the program that I've participated in is just one facet of a large, ongoing program that takes place each fall.