College: An Opportunity Everyone Deserves
We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to go to college.
Developed in response to a overwhelming community demand for college preparatory services, our College Prep Program ensures 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.
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.
College Prep provides:
- 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 awareness activities to expose teens to a broad range of colleges including college visits, college fairs, visits from admissions officers, and panel discussions with recent college graduates
In its first year:
- 100% of our students who applied to college were accepted to at least one school
- Our students scored an average 260 point increase on the SATs.
- The Posse Foundation awarded 3 of our teens with 4-year, full-tuition scholarships
- The Charles Schwab Foundation and Boys & Girls Club awarded "Money Matters" Scholarships to several of our teens.
- Colby College awarded 1 full-tuition scholarship to one of our teens
In Christine's words:
"Edgies has definitely made me a more motivated person. Before, I went through high school with a laid-back attitude. I did what I had to but hardly cared about my grades and I figured that I'd get into college that was close by. However, the Edgies 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 with Edgies. Their staff would stay with me till 7 or 8 at night working on my college essays and financial aid applications.
Christine will begin college in the Fall of 2009 at Colby College, a small liberal arts college in Maine. The college awarded her a scholarship that will cover almost all of her costs for all 4 years. [back to top]
The Educational Alliance has launched SPARC (Students Pursuing Achievement and Readiness for College), our middle school enrichment program. Our focus on middle school students comes from our recognition of the academic and developmental challenges that this age group experiences, as well as our understanding that this is 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; reinforce social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills; 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. The curriculum is project-based and focuses on a specific theme. Overall, the goal of SPARC is to support student learning and development, and foster an early awareness of the skills and attitudes necessary for students to be successful in high school and post-secondary education.
For information on registration or other inquiries, please contact Amarilis Perez
The success of our College Prep program has changed teens' lives, giving them --and their families- a path to a better life. We'd like to expand the program so we can serve more teens. Learn how you can help. [back to top]