Investment in programs working to assist youth in preparing for and succeeding in college, both within and outside of the classroom.
The AKSARBEN Scholars Career Connectors program was designed to take the components of what works best in student retention – financial supports for full-time enrollment immediately following high school, wrap-around and academic supports, and intrusive advising – and roll those strategies into one comprehensive program that adapts the existing partnership between MCC and Avenue Scholars.
This program allows more Omaha students from low-income backgrounds to aim high and become college graduates. Next year, the plan is to serve over 2,600 students by adding an additional 100 high school students and an additional 150 college students. Funding also allows the program to send more students on college visits.
The Urban League of Nebraska (ULN) Whitney M. Young Academy (WYA) is a college preparatory program that prepares 9th through 12th grade students for graduation from high school and enrollment in an institution of higher education. WYA offers free college preparation, academic support, leadership development, career exploration opportunities and community engagement opportunities.