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Options Center-Goddard Riverside Community Center

Program Description

Goddard Riverside's Options Center shows New York City students they can go to college and guides them through the steps to enrollment. Any student with passing grades, a high school diploma or GED, and the desire should have the opportunity to go to college; that is what Options is about. Students are supported to and through college, with the combined efforts of the Options Access and Success programs.

Options Counseling Center image Students from low-income and working-class backgrounds face significant barriers to achieving a college degree - now considered essential for most career paths. College costs are soaring, aid is decreasing, and counselors at New York City schools frequently have caseloads of 500 or more students.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1000
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 500

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%