College Access for All Kids Inc

Southbury, CT   |  www.cafak.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide access to colleges, universities and other higher education possibilities to urban youth. Often times, students do not see the possibility of attending a higher education facility because they have not visited nor had the opportunity to visit a campus or school with someone else. It is our mission to provide the on campus “experience” that tells a student, “Yes this is possible” and have the student take ownership of their high school choices and decisions.

Notes from the nonprofit

There is no other program in the Valley that is addressing college opportunities for our youth. So many of our students have the ability and skill level to enter a four year college and miss the opportunity because their parents might not have the skill set needed to fill our applications, FAFSA, scholarship information, etc. We need adults who possess these qualities to push our kids and encourage parents and guardians to complete the application process. During the high school years students need to understand that every choice made will impact their opportunities for a higher education. For example, not doing well in math courses, such as Algebra and Geometry will affect their SAT scores. We will provide ongoing mentoring in the form of phone calls, letters and meetings to encourage and facilitate their needs throughout middle and high school. The reason we start in middle school is because research and studies have shown that students need to be "captured" in the earlier years otherwise once they reach junior year in high school too many choices have been made that cannot be reversed.

Ruling year info

2015

President-Founder

Jessica Gomez-Bedosky

Director

John M. Bedosky

Main address

61 Luther Dr

Southbury, CT 06488 USA

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EIN

47-1721957

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Goals & Strategy

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The goals of the organization are:

1. Tours: To provide students planned and guided trips to universities and colleges in the tri-state area concentrating on Connecticut state schools. The visits will be facilitated by the school’s admissions department. Simply put, this is the hook to initiate and garner the excitement in the students.

2. Accountability and Education: To encourage students to take ownership of the visits by having them prepare questions on academic departments, finances and sports programs. Students will begin the process by attending an after school meeting. This meeting will stir up interest in students and will begin to prepare them for the trip to the university. Along with teachers, they will prepare questions, comments and concerns about attending a higher education institution.
Note: Parents will be invited and strongly recommended to attend the initial meeting so they can learn about the program, lend support and help keep the students motivated.

3. Encouragement and Concern: A critical component will be following up with all students who take the tour at six predetermined milestones via phone, email or mail. The goal is to answer any questions they may have, check in to see how they are doing and more importantly, let them know we care.

4. Handoff & Application: We will develop a relationship with high school guidance departments as well as other organizations and/or volunteers who can help students navigate the process of college applications and Federal Aid forms. These services already exist so we only need to partner with organizations already providing these services. Also, many high schools and colleges will help students in this area.

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College Access for All Kids Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jessica Gomez-Bedosky


Board co-chair

John Bedosky

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No