LAYC’s College Access program provides sixty low-income and minority students with an intensive four-year college access advising program. Students are recruited from partnering District of Columbia public high schools during 9th grade; program services continue until the student finishes one complete year of college. Services include regional and national college tours, SAT classes, weekly academic advising by trained LAYC Academic Advisors, and homework and tutoring support.
Academic Year Services
From October through June, students receive: 1) Grade appropriate after-school homework assistance and tutoring sessions on specific areas of need twice per week; need determined by report cards and teacher progress reports; 2) 20 Saturday Academy sessions, providing intensive academic assistance on core subjects and grade-appropriate college preparation workshops on topics such as PSAT and SAT, financial aid, college essay and application completion, critical thinking, and time management; 3) Tours of local colleges and universities; and 4) Attend college and career fairs organized and hosted by the College Access Program.
Through a partnership with Georgetown University, students participate in a six-week on-campus program, late June through July. Monday through Thursday students attend intensive academic classes lead by trained instructors. Fridays are dedicated to workshops, field trips, local college tours, and community service. Upper class students participate in a one week out-of state tour of selected colleges and universities.
Year-Round One-on-One Academic Advising
With an assigned Academic Advisor, all students develop an academic plan (roadmap) to guide them along the process to graduation. This roadmap outlines required classes students must take, tracks extra-curricular activities and community service, monitors academic progress, and creates a timeline for all required steps in the college application process, including taking SATs, writing and submitting college applications, and completing financial aid documents.