LAYC’s College Access and Retention programs help high school students prepare for college and succeed once enrolled.

Bard College at LAYC is a nine-month program in the humanities. Course graduates receive up to six college credits from Bard College in New York.

Post-Secondary Success Program helps college students stay in school, thrive while they are there, and graduate. Participants receive a $1,500 scholarship.

New Futures Scholarships support short-term, post-secondary education for low-income DC-area youth. As community partner, LAYC nominates youth for the scholarship, and mentors, supports, and monitors scholars throughout their post-secondary education.


Bard College at LAYC

Bard CollegeThe Bard College course at LAYC offers students an alternative route to begin college education before transitioning to other post-secondary institutions with its nine-month program in the humanities. Students join a cohort and participate in academic and professional development workshops that contribute to the college transition.

Course graduates receive up to six college credits from Bard College in New York.

Topics of Study

  • Literature and Poetry
  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • American History
  • Art History
  • Moral Philosophy

Admission Criteria

  • Be 17+ years old; no upper age limit.  17-year-olds must be at least seniors in high school
  • Have or be on track to complete a High School Diploma or GED
  • Have the ability to read and write in English
  • Belong to a low-income household
  • Be willing to consistently attend classes, complete assignments, and finish the course

Benefits

  • Experience a college-level course taught by top-level college instructors
  • Earn six transferable credits from Bard College
  • Study masterpieces in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, and art
  • Join like-minded students in a supportive, non-judgmental environment
  • Receive special instruction in writing

Cost

Once accepted students are covered by program scholarship assistance. The value of this course is $1,060 (resident tuition).

Schedule

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. The course begins in late September and runs through early June with holiday breaks.

To Apply

Students must complete the online application, the link will be available when the application cycle is open. Please note the program is not running for the 2018-2019 academic year. We hope to be back in 2019 with more information for future cohorts, check back for updates. In preparation for the application, note our web-page will provide a link to the application which requires an uploaded copy of your resume, a letter of recommendation, and an essay in order to complete your application.

Location

Washington, DC: 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Contact

Ivelina Benitez, Program Manager, ivelina@layc-dc.org, (202) 553-7706.

Kynai Johnson, Director of Education and Workforce, kynai@layc-dc.org, (202) 276-2729.


Post-Secondary Success Program

Post-secondary Success ProgramThe Post-Secondary Success Program (PSSP) helps college students stay in school, thrive while they are there, and graduate. While most college access programs strive for college enrollment, PSSP focuses on retention. Students enrolled in PSSP receive individualized case management and mentoring, attend skill-building workshops, and receive a scholarship that can be applied to any college expense.

We are currently not accepting applications. Please check back for updates.

Location

Washington, DC: 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Contact

Ivelina Benitez, Program Manager, ivelina@layc-dc.org, (202) 553-7706.

Kynai Johnson, Director of Education and Workforce, kynai@layc-dc.org, (202) 276-2729.


New Futures Scholarships

New Futures Scholarships

LAYC is a community partner with New Futures, a scholarship program for short-term, post-secondary education for low-income DC-area youth. LAYC nominates youth for the scholarship and provides mentoring and support to scholars throughout their post-secondary education.

My dream was always to become a nurse. Without the scholarship, I would never have been able to afford Sanz School. As a result, I’ve been a medical assistant for the last two years now and I am enrolling in UDC’s nursing program.” Flor Carranza, New Futures Scholar

About New Futures

New Futures awards scholarships of up to $7,800.00 for Certificate and Associate degree programs to students in the Washington, DC region. For those who are eligible to apply for a second New Futures scholarship, New Futures will award a limited amount of scholarships of up to $7,800.00 for Certificate, Associate and Bachelor programs.

With the scholarship money, I was able to get more than five computer certifications that helped land me the job I have now. I am the network administrator at the Neighbor’s Consejo outreach agency, and I’m in charge of their entire networking system.” Lizandro Diaz, New Futures Scholar

To Apply

Fall 2018 applications are due on September 11, 2018, 5 p.m. to LAYC’s New Futures liaison.

To download the brochure   To access the application

Application requirements:

  • Be a program participant at a New Futures Community Partner
  • Be between the ages of 17-29
  • Be a current student or newly-accepted student at a career/technical school or a community college in the DC-metropolitan area.
  • Have a GED or high school diploma
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a viable educational and financial plan.

To learn more about the New Futures Scholarship, please visit www.newfuturesdc.org

Contact

Ivelina Benitez, Program Manager, ivelina@layc-dc.org, (202) 553-7706.

Kynai Johnson, Director of Education and Workforce, kynai@layc-dc.org, (202) 276-2729.