Youth Development

Means of Access Inc

  • Bronx, NY
  • www.meansofaccess.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help bridge the digital by providing quality access to technology as well as college and career guidance. Through its services and activities Means of Access Inc.: *Encourages career development, higher education and leadership among participants. *Uses technology to improve communication and information processing skills. *Increases critical thinking skills through the use of technology. *Nurtures artistic and creative expression through the use of technology *Uses technology to develop a global awareness through an ability to use resources outside of school.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

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Tamarah President

Keywords

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digital divide, computers, college, technology, ctc

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EIN

11-3634899

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Community Foundations (T31)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Program 1

During the academic year, October - June, participants attend after school computer classes, workshops, tutorials, educational activities, cultural programs, and have access to a multimedia resource laboratory. Each student is issued his/her own email account provided through the program to enable participants to communicate with faculty, each other and students abroad. Because we are also encouraging higher education, Means of Access Inc. provides college assistance for students by conducting college tours as well as providing fee waivers for participants on the Standardized Aptitude Test (SAT). Seniors in the program are eligible to compete for our Presidential Scholarship, which consists of a new personal computer and $2000 applicable towards college tuition. An essay is required discussing the a selected topic related to technology. We also have a College Assistance Plan and it consists of three parts: College Exposure, College Counseling, and Financial Assistance. All participants in good standing will receive stipends. Stipends are a monetary reward a student receives for participation in the program and an incentive to remain in the program. Participants must report to the program a minimum of two hours each week for tutoring and one hour a week for class. Tutorials will be offered Monday - Thursday from 3:00pm - 6:00 pm. College students will be available to provide tutoring in the five major academic areas - Math, Science, English, History and Foreign Language. Staff members will be available to render personal and advisement services as well as classes. Participants may utilize the Multimedia Resource Center when classes are not being held in the Resource Center. Here they may utilize reference materials for research in school projects and college-related information. OTHER PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES The Techie Club The Techie Club will be a student-run organization. The purpose of this club is to develop our Youth's awareness of technology and issues surrounding them. The Means of Access Inc. Program will also sponsor student activities and guest speakers from various corporations. The participants will also make group projects and present these projects. Parent Association The parent association will meet three times a year to provide feedback about the program and to discuss their concerns about school personnel or the school system. These meetings will also be used to keep parents abreast of changes in the school system, which may affect their children. The parent association will also have elected representatives and will sponsor activities and fundraisers such as bake sales, a parent's retreat, etc. Career Awareness The month of March is Career Awareness Month and many activities are organized around this theme. During this month guest speak variety of fields and backgrounds talk to the students about their careers. The Academic Advisor conducts an individual career assessment with all juniors and conducts group workshops exploring careers based on the student's interests. Graduation Ceremony Graduation ceremony is held in June of each year for students who have completed high school graduation requirements. The program selects two students, one parent, and a prominent member of the community to deliver speeches. Certificates are given to all students and some graduates receive scholarships. Awards are given to students in different categories. Invitations are extended to all school personnel, parebts , and community organizations. Historically Black College Tour During the academic year, students may participate in our Historically Black College Tour. Typically this is an overnight tour that goes to several colleges. Students are given a tour of several campuses and are presented with the opportunity to ask questions as well. This trip is not limited to program participants. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as chaperones for this trip.

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