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College Access

The College Access program works to prepare immigrant, refugee, and low-income individuals for post-secondary education. Addressing the education disparity that exists among minority groups, the program provides individually tailored services to primarily first-generation college attendees.

The program is unique in that it works with both high school students and adult learners.

Information about post-secondary education is woven through other Neighborhood House programs, and many participants have been referred from the youth leadership, tutoring, GED or ELL programs.

Support may include:
  • Academic Preparation – Staff ensures young people are successfully attending school, and provides tutoring and homework help after school
  • Selection & Application to Colleges – The program boosts awareness and exposure to post-secondary education options, through college tours, school identification, and help with applications.
  • Financial Aid Knowledge – Staff works with participants one-on-one to help them identify and apply for scholarships, complete the FAFSA form, and more.
  • Career Exploration – Participants can explore interests through career assessment tests and presentations by subject-matter experts.
Additionally, if immigrant and refugee adults are interested in “translating” their degree from another country – so that it is recognized in the United States – we are prepared to help.

Stories: How the College Access Program Makes a Difference

Neighborhood House goes to College
College Access offers a glimpse at the realities of college life, and campus tours offer immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals prepare for post-secondary education options. READ MORE >

Education puts dreams within reach
At age 16, Cante dropped out of school, but it was not long before he realized that abandoning his education had been a mistake. He enrolled in Neighborhood House's GED program to get back on track.



The College Access program is open to youth in grades 7-12 and adults. Academic tutoring is available for students in grades 6-12.

Contact program staff to get involved:

Arielle Johnson

Mike Herndon

Sofia Levinson (Tutoring)

Reserve your spot today!

2014 Awardees!

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Nancy Mason Hauser

Alum of the Year
Enrique (Cha-Cho) Estrada

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Darlene Lewis
Maureen McDonough

Constance Currie Scholars
Aurora Sontoya
Bee Yang
Tee Chang
Alexia Maceda
Tonantzin Estrada
Pyu Htwe
Alaina Carrion
Adrian Loera
Ikram Koliso
Maryln Martinez
Carlo Franco
Maribel Alverez
Mariah DuBose

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