Educational Institutions

A CALL TO COLLEGE

  • Newark, OH
  • www.acalltocollege.org

Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT:
“To assure every qualified Newark High School graduate the opportunity to pursue higher education.”


To fulfill this mission, the following objectives inform A Call to College programs and services:

-to motivate and encourage students to graduate from high school and to pursue post-secondary education;
-to counsel and advise Newark City School students and their families about sources of financial aid for college;
-to provide Last Dollar Grants to qualified Newark High School graduates;
-to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of education beyond high school.

Main Programs

  1. High School Program
  2. PEAK, Providing Early Awareness and Knowledge
  3. Graduate Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

A Call to College partners exclusively with the Newark (OH) City School DIstrict (6700 students). The organization engages over 3000 students in total with in-class programming, need-based scholarship services, ACT registration/prep/ completion outreach and a comprehensive Early Awareness Program (PEAK) for every 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grader. Its staff partners with nearly 100 staff and teachers in the Newark City School District to provide these services. In addition, A Call to College provides families with valuable services such as FAFSA completion, financial aid package review and outside scholarship guidance.

ruling year

1993

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mrs. Diane L DeLawder

Keywords

Self-reported

Last Dollar Grants, College Access, ACT Prep, Early Awareness

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EIN

31-1333812

 Number

7334625956

Physical Address

Newark High School 314 Granville Street

Newark, OH 43055

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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A Call to College is the third largest provider of need-based scholarship support in our county, having awarded over 3 million dollars since its founding in 1991. Through its ACT Now! program, begun in 2007, the percentage of the Newark High School junior class completing the April ACT test has increased from 2% to 60%. Nearly 100% of 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade Newark students participate in the organization's early college awareness programming (PEAK).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

High School Program

Since its founding, A Call to College has helped Newark seniors complete the financial aid application process and has leveraged that financial aid with need-based Last Dollar Grants. Over two decades later, the program now offers a comprehensive high school program that provides encouragement and assistance to students who seek educational opportunities beyond Newark High School.

Events and services offered:

Last Dollar Grants: Qualified graduating Newark High School seniors are awarded need-based grants of up to $1,000, distributed directly by the organization to the student's selected college. Each year approximately 120 graduates are awarded Last Dollar Grants.

Planning For College Night: An evening meeting that presents post-secondary options, financial aid information, and the steps involved in the college search process for juniors and their families.

College Information Night: An evening meeting that presents the key steps in the college application process. The session is open to any interested senior and family members.

Columbus Kiwanis College Fair: Participating juniors are transported to Columbus to interact with admissions representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions and to gather other information pertinent to the college search process.

Alumni Day: Newark High School graduates currently in college return to the high school to offer advice and information to the junior class during small group sessions.

ACT Now!: A multifaceted program providing resources and workshops for juniors to prepare for the American College Test (ACT). A Call to College pays the test fee for all participating juniors who take the test in April of their junior year.

College Application 101 Days: Representatives from Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark visit seniors at Newark High during school to assist them with completing the admission applications for both schools.

Cash 4 College Night: College financial aid counselors and local scholarship coordinators talk with seniors and families about financial aid resources and opportunities.

Complete Your FAFSA Night: Workshops offer students and parents individual assistance in completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) without charge.

Campus Visits: Visiting a college campus gives students valuable perspective when making a college choice. A Call to College organizes opportunities for juniors and seniors to take field trips to college campuses.

One-on-One Advising: Juniors and seniors can establish scheduled meetings with an advisor to discuss post-secondary options, the steps involved in the college search process, application timelines, scholarship and financial aid opportunities including the Last Dollar Grant.

College Resource Center: Computer stations and reference books are available for student and family use in the A Call to College office in 242G.

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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None

Budget

$130,000.00

Program 2

PEAK, Providing Early Awareness and Knowledge

A feasibility and needs analysis study, followed by a full year of of planning, helped A Call to College design an early college awareness program for 2000 elementary and middle school students in the district. Informed by the needs revealed in the study, and crafted by teachers and staff in the school system, The PEAK (Providing Early Awareness and Knowledge) Program began in the fall of 2009 with outreach directed at every second and eighth grader. Fourth grade was added in 2010-11 and and sixth grade in 2011-12, bringing the program to full implementation. The three priorities of PEAK are to promote:

College knowledge
Literacy (reading and financial)
Career awareness and education

Second Grade Programming
"I Know I Can Go To College" Reading Week
Reading Rocks at the Library field trip and a library card registration drive
Celebrity Reader Week
PEAK Week
College Comes Into the Classroom workshops

Fourth Grade Programming
College and Money Savvy Wildcat Lesson Plans
The Piggy Bank Game
The Ready 4 College Players performance of "The Wonderful Wizard of College" at The Works

Sixth Grade Programming
Kids2College curriculum
Introduction of KnowHow2Go resources
Local college visit

Eighth Grade Programming
3C's (College, Careers & Cash)
Reality Store

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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None

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 3

Graduate Program

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Assistance. Through workshops and office appointments students and families are helped with submitting this financial aid form and understanding the results

Award Letter Comparison. A service provided, by appointment, to students and families wanting to better understand financial aid offers from colleges

Last Dollar Grants. Need-based scholarships are available for eligible students.

All Last Dollar Grant recipients are expected to volunteer up to four hours annually. This provides an opportunity for participants to pay forward their appreciation of the program and its generous donors. Ways to volunteer include, but are not limited to:

Alumni Day. College students are invited to return to Newark High School to talk with juniors about their experiences. Panel discussions and question and answer sessions help juniors become more comfortable with the college process by talking directly to alumni close to their age. Graduates benefit too from sharing experiences and offering advice.

Volunteer Day. Last Dollar Grant recipients write notes to donors and other supporters, thanking them for their dedication to the program. In addition, some help complete specific office tasks, providing vital extra hands and time to large annual projects.

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$100,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Increase students' knowledge of the steps necessary to apply to, afford and attend college, as well as increase their understanding of how to access available financial aid.

    For seniors this goal is accomplished by: College comparison and application timeline advising; FAFSA assistance, evaluation of college award letters, Last Dollar Grant awards and scholarship search assistance.

    For juniors this goal is accomplished by: ACT test registration, preparation and completion assistance; college search advising and targeted college field trips

    Increase college knowledge, career awareness and financial literacy in younger students and their families in the Newark City School district by implementing and sustaining a targeted early awareness program. For second, fourth, sixth and eighth grade students this goal is accomplished by:
    (1) 2nd Grade -- Two theme-based reading weeks; Seven Library Field Trips; A service-learning activity and “Imagine My Future"
    workbook project
    (2) 4th Grade -- A 9-week long college and financial literacy curriculum and a field trip to a local museum to see a play about college
    (3) 6th Grade -- A 6-week long curriculum and a college campus visit
    (4) 8th Grade -- Career and college exploration using an on-line resource and running a financial simulation game
    (5) 9th Grade -- 8 Lesson Plan program that covers goal setting, academic choices, career options and school/community engagement
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    For the seniors in high school, strategies include:
    - Attend 3 advising sessions; learn college information
    - Attend targeted campus visitation programs
    - Complete and submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    - Complete a Last Dollar Grant application (need-based scholarship assistance)

    For juniors in high school, strategies include;
    - Attend 3 advising sessions; learn college information
    - Attend targeted campus visitation programs
    - Register, prepare for and complete the ACT test

    For freshmen in high school, strategies include:
    -Participate in 8 lesson plans that cover academic choices to goal setting

    For elementary and middle school students, strategies include:
    For 2nd Graders:
    -Obtain a library card
    -Visit the library
    -Read "Career Day" and interview a community volunteer about his/her career
    -Read "I Know I Can" and interview a college volunteer about college
    -Participate in a service-learning lesson plan delivered by college students
    -Complete an "Imagine My Future" workbook

    For 4th Graders:
    -Learn 4 money management skills
    -Learn about one Ohio College
    -Learn the four college-going behaviors
    -See and learn through a live theatre performance
    -Visit and experience a local museum and technology center

    For 6th Graders:
    -Learn levels of educational attainment
    -Learn the different ways to pay for college
    -Complete a Learning Style assessment
    -Visit a college campus

    For 8th Graders:
    -Log onto, navigate and explore OMJ (Ohio Means Jobs)
    -Complete three career assessments
    -Participate in 2 pre-classes and Reality Store, a financial simulation game
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    4 full-time, 4 part-time staff, teachers, principals and volunteers. $350,000 operating and $250,000 scholarship budget supported by approximately $550,000 in endowment and annual giving income, grants and school contracts. In-kind access to school, classroom and office space; computer hardware & software; communications infrastructure, office equipment, programming materials and services provided by the partner school district.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Short-term:
    -Become a more frequent reader
    -Be introduced to more college role models from the community
    -Increase aspiration for education through and beyond high school
    -Imagine specific careers
    -Learn the most important steps from elementary through high school to stay on the path to graduate high school and begin post-secondary education
    -Show specific gains relative to target goals through the use of pre/post programming surveys (4th, 6th and 8th grades) and increased understanding of target topics through a 9th grade benchmark and Senior Exit survey

    Long-term:
    -Increase the NHS graduation rate
    -Increase the NHS college-going rate (National Student Clearinghouse)
    -Increase the percentage of juniors and seniors who actively participate in A Call to College services/programming
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    -Assessment surveys are now being given at 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 12th grade, providing the organization with excellent data about programming effectiveness and student attitudinal shifts

    -Of the A Call to College participants in last year's senior class (2015), 87% of the respondents chose helpful, very helpful or extremely helpful when surveyed about their reactions to advising sessions with ACTC

    -34% of the seniors defined as ACTC participants felt extremely informed about the college application process. Of the seniors who were NOT participants in A Call to College, only 17% felt extremely informed about the college application process

    -In 2015-16, PEAK provided over 800 hours of targeted, activity-based college outreach to just under 2,000 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students in nearly 100 different classrooms.

    -33% of NHS Class of 2015 identified ACTC as the most helpful sources about planning for life after high school, second only to parents/family members (47%)

    -81 juniors took the ACT practice test in January, 2014. 72% of students who took the practice test saw their composite score increase by at least 1 point. 42% saw their composite score increase by 2 or more points.

    -On the January 2014 practice test, 12 juniors scored in the 80th percentile (26 or better). Of those 81 who took the practice test, one and half times many (18) ended up scoring in the 80th percentile on the April test

    -PEAK relies on a close partnership with principals and classroom teachers. Our NCS partners contributed a remarkable 1321 collaborative hours to help programming run smoothly.

    -The 2nd graders who participated in our first year of PEAK (the NHS Class of 2020) are now entering high school!

    -At the 4th, 6th and 8th grade levels, with the assistance of our NCS partners, we administer a pre- and post-survey to assess learning outcomes and attitudinal shifts. A few noteworthy results:
    *Prior to College & Money Savvy Wildcats lesson plans, 6% of fourth graders could name three or more college vocabulary words. Post programming, 62% of the students could name three or more college vocabulary words.

    *Following Kids2College programming, over twice as many sixth graders strongly agreed to the statement “There are a variety of financial aid resources to help me pay for college" than did prior to the outreach (35.9% vs. 16.1%).

    *Ten percent more eighth graders answered “very true of me" to the statement “I have talked with someone about my college goals" following a year of PEAK programming focused on careers and college (39.6% pre-programming; 49.8 post-programming)

    *Over three-quarters of the 59 Newark City School partner teachers at each of these grade levels chose "strongly agree" when asked whether PEAK programming was a valuable use of class time.

    *The 2015-16 second grade library card registration drive raised ownership rates from 54% to 81%.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

A Call to College partners exclusively with the Newark (OH) City School DIstrict (6700 students). The organization engages over 3000 students in total with in-class programming, need-based scholarship services, ACT registration/prep/ completion outreach and a comprehensive Early Awareness Program (PEAK) for every 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grader. Its staff partners with nearly 100 staff and teachers in the Newark City School District to provide these services. In addition, A Call to College provides families with valuable services such as FAFSA completion, financial aid package review and outside scholarship guidance.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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A CALL TO COLLEGE

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Executive Director

Mrs. Diane L DeLawder

BIO

Having been named Executive Director in 1996, Diane’s time with A Call to College makes her one of the most experienced college access program leaders in Ohio. In addition to coordinating the organization’s sizable volunteer corps, overseeing the Senior Program and conducting numerous financial aid advising sessions, she also sits on several community boards, as well as being a part of the Member Advisory Council of the Ohio College Access Network. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from The Ohio State University and has taught in the Licking Valley and Lancaster City School Districts in central Ohio.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sarah R Wallace

First Federal Savings and Loan

Term: Jan 2007 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?