Young Scholars Program has helped over 1000 students to make their dream of a college education come true. Scholars participate in a holistic approach to college preparation and application. In addition soft skills such as: The Art of Conversation, How to Effectively Build a Network, The Art of the Thank You Note, Dressing for Success, and Proper Social Etiquette. Building leaders is another central focus of the program and through the mentoring programs scholars learn and practice leadership skills.
Our mission is to educate our scholars and prepare them for success in the college search process and transition to campus life. We also prepare them to enter high-skilled career fields. Our scholars are encouraged to be reflective, independent, resourceful, responsible, and productive citizens, able to obtain future education, pursue high skill employment, give back to their communities, and dedicate themselves to leadership.
Young Scholars serves a population of students who dream of a college education, but lack access to information and resources. 80 percent of our youth are first generation college students.
Tyson Walton came to us wanting to go to college, but not sure how to make it happen. He joined the program last Feb, and is now a Peer Leader in our Brothers Making A Difference Program, has gotten a good SAT score and has been admitted to 12 Colleges and Universities with a $80,000 scholarship for the four years at one of the his top choices. He has grown as a leader and he is respected by both his peers and the adults. He admits that he would probably have gone to college without Young Scholars, but would not have been as confident; and would not have had as many choices for scholarship offers. In YSP, he received both college prep and application support, and life skills that will help him to be successful not only in college but in his future career and his life.
Tyson will be attending Hope College in Holland Michigan in the fall. He never would have discovered Hope without YSP.