Census statistics tell the story. Over an adult’s lifetime, a high school graduate will earn – on average – $1.3 million. A bachelors degree will add almost $1 million dollars, and a master’s degree another half million. By creating opportunities for neighborhood families and youth to graduate from high school and attend college, NWBRV works to help break the cycle of poverty and create a more stable work-force for years to come.
Getting to college is difficult though, especially for low to moderate income students in the communities NWBRV serves. For those students, SAT preparation and college planning with an Independent Education Counselor (IEC) are often out of reach, costing anywhere from $1000 to tens of thousands of dollars throughout the college planning process according to Huffington Post.
NWBRV’s Sure Track to College is a free program encouraging low to moderate income students to graduate from high school and move on to college, working with youth and families to prepare for life after high school.
Sure Track offers:
- One-on-one mentoring to help each youth chart their career path and college choices
- Internship placement when available
- Project-based leadership development
- Interview skill building
- SAT preparation that reduces anxiety and builds confidence in the students test-taking abilities,
- Writing clinics centered around college application essays, cover letters, and essay portion of the SAT test
- Financial literacy workshops and assistance preparing financial aid applications
- Academic guidance from high school through college graduation.
* We have an open door policy for parents interested the college prep process. We ask that for our parents make a special effort to attend and take part in this exciting milestone.
For more information on the Sure Track to College program, or if you know a Northern RI family that would benefit, contact Flore Rateau, Senor Youth Programs Manger by email or by phone at 401-762-0993 ext.232.