AVENUES TO COLLEGE

Helping youth in foster care to access and succeed in college

In partnership with Portland Children’s Levy, Portland Leadership Foundation, College Housing Northwest, PCC Future Connect, and Multnomah Education Service District’s Alternative Pathways, Avenues to College (ATC) helps current and former youth in foster care to access and succeed in college, providing housing assistance, budgeting guidance with scholarship money, and academic and life-skills advising. Program activities and resources include:

      • College-prep workshops throughout the Portland metro area, with topics including goal planning, college readiness, and how to pay for college
      •  Weekly Leadership Development workshops from June until September for those selected for the Leadership Development cohort (youth who attend one college-prep workshop are eligible for the cohort)
      •  Access to housing through College Housing Northwest
      •  A minimum of two meetings per month with ATC staff during the school year that focus on managing workload and budget and planning for the future

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible participant for ATC should:

      • be currently or formerly in foster care
      • be 17-21 years old
      • have a current or family of origin address within the City of Portland
      • have graduated from high school / attained a GED; be on track to graduate in June; or be a current Portland Community College student
      • attend at least one workshop with ATC staff
      • be interested in attending Portland Community College

If you are a youth in care and would like to attend one of the workshops, or if you would like ATC to provide a workshop for students you work with, please contact our College Recruitment Specialist at 971-901-8576 or avenuestocollege@newavenues.org

 

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