ACT Prep – The standardized ACT college entrance exam is quickly becoming as important as the SATs for students looking to apply to college. Kids’ Club wanted to help improve test scores for students unable to afford the full tuition charged by a private test prep program. In 2017, we began providing scholarships for a ten week Kaplan Test Prep course offered at Sleepy Hollow High School (“SHHS”). Our funding covers program and material fees for 10 of the 22 program participants: motivated SHHS students who otherwise could not afford the 18 hours of instruction offered.
Keeping It Real In The Neighborhood – Special needs students in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow have an innovative, after school alternative: Keeping It Real In The Neighborhood, a collaboration between the JCC on the Hudson and the Tarrytown school district. This drop-in program takes place at Neighborhood House in Sleepy Hollow. In addition to the professional staff, students from Sleepy Hollow High School serve as mentors/interns. Kids’ Club is proud to have provided financial support to this unique program, which provides positive social interaction and life skills development for special needs students ages 13-21, as well as an enriching experience for the teen interns.
Kids’ Club Scholarship for College Bound Seniors – To further fulfill our mission of “improving the lives of underserved kids,” in 2014 Kids’ Club set up an annual scholarship for college-bound seniors from Sleepy Hollow High School based on merit, financial need and character. Each year students apply by submitting to Sleepy Hollow High School letters of recommendation and writing a personal essay. The final recipients are chosen by a committee of Sleepy Hollow High School faculty members and announced in June at Academic Awards Night.
Latino U College Access’s FAFSA First! Program — Latino U College Access’s FAFSA First! program is designed to help first-generation Hispanic students navigate the complex process of applying for state and federal financial aid for college. Through FAFSA First!, Hispanic students and their families can overcome language and financial barriers to attending college. FAFSA First! helps Hispanic students and their families by pairing them with bilingual volunteers to help them complete financial aid applications, such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid program (FAFSA), as well as the New York Tuition Assistance Program (NY TAP). Kids’ Club is proud to have provided support for this program through funding for two information sessions about financial aid at Sleepy Hollow High School, as well as a “boot camp” where volunteers help students fill out their financial aid application forms.
Let’s Get Ready – In 2013, Kids’ Club facilitated and funded the introduction into the Tarrytown school district of “Let’s Get Ready”, a nine-week, college coaching and SAT tutoring program. This successful program, which utilizes trained, local college students as coaches, helps students from low-income families get to and through college. Approximately 40 college bound seniors from Sleepy Hollow High School, many first generation, participate in the summer program free of charge.
“Power Lunch” Series – Kids’ Club and Sleepy Hollow High School (“SHHS”) thought it would be helpful to our teens to hear about a variety of career paths available to them as they move out of high school and into the college or the working world. In April 2014, in conjunction with the SHHS Guidance Department, we co-sponsored a “Power Lunch” at the SHHS library, where students were exposed to some new ideas on interesting and fulfilling career choices – – while enjoying free pizza! Since that time, SHHS has developed the program into a bimonthly event, with upwards of 50 students attending, and with speakers coming, to date, from such varied professions as health care, writing, publishing, the culinary arts, farming, horticulture, architecture, real estate, wood-working and museum curating. Please see our “News & Events” page at http://www.kidsclubtarrytown.org/news/ for detailed descriptions of each presentation.