College Success Centers for Newark high school students celebrate one-year anniversary today

education cardThe Abbott Leadership Institute-Youth Media Symposium (ALI-YMS) College Success Centers are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their College Readiness initiative aimed at serving Newark youth today.

The centers were first launched at Rutgers University-Newark, and have added seven additional contracted and pop-centers throughout the city.

Initiated by YMS students, the ALI-YMS College Success Centers aim to address the lack of college readiness assistance provided to Newark students. The centers provide students the resources to research career options, colleges, and financial aid opportunities, and also to receive direct assistance with the college application process. Current sites include Rutgers University-Newark, Leaders for Life, Inc. (Centers of Hope), Malcolm X Shabazz High School, Ironbound Community Center, Marion Bolden Center, East Side High School, Center of Hope: Clubhouse, and Newark Leadership Academy.

ALI-YMS says the centers have provided over 500 hours of direct service, professional development workshops, free tutoring, and free college tours to over 10 colleges and universities as of today.

The programs are funded by foundation dollars, including the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and the Victoria Foundation.  The State Farm YAB will renew its commitment to the program with a $77,000 grant presentation at the event a celebration to take place at today (March 11, 2016) at Rutgers University-Newark, Bradley Hall, Room 149 starting at4:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

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