StreetSquash's mission is to provide consistent, long-term and reliable support to the children, families and schools in Harlem. By exposing these children to a broad range of experiences and by maintaining the highest standards, StreetSquash aims to help each child realize his or her academic and personal potential. The College Access & Success Program, a core component of the After School Program, begins in high school to create pathways to college for StreetSquash's high school participants. In high school, students receive: - Weekly college prep sessions - Weekend trips beginning in 10th grade - Individualized ACT prep in 11th grade - One-on-one college application and financial aid help starting the summer before 12th grade - Other opportunities to explore your academic career and interests as well as other options students have after high school Upon graduation from high school the program provides college counseling and support services through college graduation and beyond. These services include: - Six-week Beginning College Program prepares rising college freshmen with skills and resources to facilitate successful academic and social adjustments for college transition. - At least one college campus visit freshman year, and one college visit between second year and graduation - Two professional development workshops/networking events each year for all alumni - First Year Success monthly meetings for New York City commuter alumni - Three annual alumni squash tournaments, including the National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) Alumni Cup - Attendance based scholarship for all graduates - Additional scholarships available for students with outstanding participation in the StreetSquash College Success Program and the StreetSquash community.
POST-COLLEGE SUCCESS STORIES StreetSquash alumni have continued their educations in distinguished ways after college: - Masters in International Relations at American University, Pickering Fellow - Masters in School Counseling at Hunter College - Masters in Urban Policy at Hunter College - Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Long Island University - Masters in Early Childhood Development at City College of New York And many alumni have returned to their roots and given back to the StreetSquash community, as: - Coach Across America (Up2Us) Coaches - AmeriCorps VISTA members - Academic and Squash Directors at StreetSquash Newark and Harlem