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A CALL TO COLLEGE

Access to Success

Newark, OH   |  www.acalltocollege.org

Mission

MISSION STATEMENT: “To assure every qualified Newark City Schools graduate the opportunity to pursue higher education.” To fulfill this mission, the following objectives inform A Call to College programs and services: -to motivate and encourage students to graduate from high school and to pursue post-secondary education; -to counsel and advise Newark City School students and their families about sources of financial aid for college; -to provide Last Dollar Grants to qualified Newark City School graduates; -to increase awareness and understanding of the benefits of education beyond high school.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Mrs. Tara N Houdeshell

Main address

PO Box 4145

Newark, OH 43058 USA

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EIN

31-1333812

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many of our students are from first generation college and single parent backgrounds and are unaware of the steps necessary to be qualified for, apply to, afford and attend college, as well as how to access available financial aid.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

High School Program

Since its founding, A Call to College has helped Newark seniors complete the financial aid application process and has leveraged that financial aid with need-based Last Dollar Grants. Three decades later, the program now offers a comprehensive high school program that provides encouragement and assistance to students who seek educational opportunities beyond Newark City Schools.

Events and services offered:

Last Dollar Grants: Qualified graduating Newark City Schools seniors are awarded need-based grants of up to $1,500, distributed directly by the organization to the student's selected college. Each year approximately 200 graduates are awarded Last Dollar Grants.

Planning For College Night: An evening meeting that presents post-secondary options, financial aid information, and the steps involved in the college search process for juniors and their families.

College Information Night: An evening meeting that presents the key steps in the college application process. The session is open to any interested senior and family members.

Columbus Kiwanis College Fair: Participating juniors are transported to Columbus to interact with admissions representatives from a wide range of post-secondary institutions and to gather other information pertinent to the college search process.

College Talk: Newark High School graduates currently in college return to the high school to offer advice and information to the junior class during small group sessions.

ACT Prep: A multifaceted program providing resources and workshops for juniors and seniors to prepare for the American College Test (ACT). A Call to College will pay the test fee for any senior who wants to retake their ACT test in the fall of their senior year.

College Blitz: Representatives from nearly 30 different colleges from across Ohio attend a 3 hour evening event at Newark High School to assist seniors with completing admission applications to colleges of the students' choosing.

Complete Your FAFSA Night: Workshops offer students and parents individual assistance in completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) without charge.

Campus Visits: Visiting a college campus gives students valuable perspective when making a college choice. A Call to College organizes opportunities for juniors and seniors to take field trips to college campuses.

One-on-One Advising: Juniors and seniors can establish scheduled meetings with an advisor to discuss post-secondary options, the steps involved in the college search process, application timelines, scholarship and financial aid opportunities including the Last Dollar Grant.

Start Your Story: In collaboration with My 700 Project, Newark High School's freshman success program, A Call to College directly serve 9th graders with interactive, hands-on classes focused on academic choice, engagement, goal setting and college knowledge. With the idea that the choices they make will write their story, students will be encouraged to author a high school story that leads to college and career success.

College Resource Center: Computer stations and reference books are available for student and family use in the A Call to College office

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A feasibility and needs analysis study, followed by a full year of of planning, helped A Call to College design an early college awareness program for 2000 elementary and middle school students in the district. Informed by the needs revealed in the study, and crafted by teachers and staff in the school system, The PEAK (Providing Early Awareness and Knowledge) Program began in the fall of 2009 with outreach directed at every second and eighth grader. Fourth grade was added in 2010-11 and and sixth grade in 2011-12, bringing the program to full implementation. The three priorities of PEAK are to promote:

College knowledge
Literacy (reading and financial)
Career awareness and education

Second Grade Programming
"I Know I Can Go To College" Reading Week
Reading Rocks at the Library field trip and a library card registration drive
Celebrity Reader Week
PEAK Week
College Comes Into the Classroom workshops

Fourth Grade Programming
College and Money Savvy Wildcat Lesson Plans
The Piggy Bank Game
The Ready 4 College Players performance of "The Wonderful Wizard of College" at The Works

Sixth Grade Programming
Kids2College curriculum
Introduction of KnowHow2Go resources
Local college visit

Eighth Grade Programming
3C's (College, Careers & Cash)
Reality Store

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Assistance. Through workshops and office appointments students and families are helped with submitting this financial aid form and understanding the results

Award Letter Comparison. A service provided, by appointment, to students and families wanting to better understand financial aid offers from colleges

Last Dollar Grants. Need-based scholarships are available for eligible students.

All Last Dollar Grant recipients are expected to volunteer up to four hours annually. This provides an opportunity for participants to pay forward their appreciation of the program and its generous donors. Ways to volunteer include, but are not limited to:

College Talk. College students are invited to return to Newark High School to talk with juniors about their experiences. Panel discussions and question and answer sessions help juniors become more comfortable with the college process by talking directly to alumni close to their age. Graduates benefit too from sharing experiences and offering advice.

Grads Give Back. Last Dollar Grant recipients write notes to donors and other supporters, thanking them for their dedication to the program. In addition, some help complete specific office tasks, providing vital extra hands and time to large annual projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Thomas L. Conlan Award 2009

KnowledgeWorks Foundation

Non-Profit of The Year 2014

Licking County Chamber of Commerce

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Graduate Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since its founding in 1991, A Call to College has awarded $4,571,965 total scholarship dollars to qualified Newark City School graduates.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer assistance has been a historical strength of the entire organization. In total for the indicated years, volunteers gave a combined 13,682 hours to the A Call to College programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Increase students' knowledge of the steps necessary to apply to, afford and attend college, as well as increase their understanding of how to access available financial aid.

For seniors this goal is accomplished by: College comparison and application timeline advising; FAFSA assistance, evaluation of college award letters, Last Dollar Grant awards and scholarship search assistance.

For juniors this goal is accomplished by: ACT test preparation and completion assistance; college search advising and targeted college field trips

Increase college knowledge, career awareness and financial literacy in younger students and their families in the Newark City School district by implementing and sustaining a targeted early awareness program. For second, fourth, sixth, eighth, ninth grade students this goal is accomplished by:
(1) 2nd Grade -- Two theme-based reading weeks; Seven Library Field Trips; A service-learning activity and “Imagine My Future"
workbook project
(2) 4th Grade -- A 9-week long college and financial literacy curriculum and a field trip to a local museum to see a play about college
(3) 6th Grade -- A 6-week long curriculum and a college campus visit
(4) 8th Grade -- Career and college exploration using an on-line resource and running a financial simulation game
(5) 9th Grade -- 7 Lesson Plan program that covers goal setting, academic choices, career options and school/community engagement

For the seniors in high school, strategies include:
- Attend 3 advising sessions; learn college information
- Prepare, register, and pay for retaking the ACT test in the fall if desired
- Attend targeted campus visitation programs
- Complete and submit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Complete a Last Dollar Grant application (need-based scholarship assistance)

For juniors in high school, strategies include;
- Attend 3 advising sessions; learn college information
- Attend targeted campus visitation programs
- Prepare for and complete the ACT test

For freshmen in high school, strategies include:
-Participate in 7 lesson plans that cover academic choices to goal setting

For elementary and middle school students, strategies include:
For 2nd Graders:
-Obtain a library card
-Visit the library
-Read "Career Day" and interview a community volunteer about his/her career
-Read "I Know I Can" and interview a college volunteer about college
-Participate in a service-learning lesson plan delivered by college students
-Complete an "Imagine My Future" workbook

For 4th Graders:
-Learn 4 money management skills
-Learn about one Ohio College
-Learn the four college-going behaviors
-See and learn through a live theatre performance
-Visit and experience a local museum and technology center

For 6th Graders:
-Learn levels of educational attainment
-Learn the different ways to pay for college
-Complete a Learning Style assessment
-Visit a college campus

For 8th Graders:
-Log onto, navigate and explore OMJ (Ohio Means Jobs)
-Complete three career assessments
-Participate in 2 pre-classes and Reality Store, a financial simulation game

4 full-time, 5 part-time staff, a college intern, teachers, principals and volunteers. $600,000 operating and $250,000 scholarship budget supported by approximately $1,000,000 in endowment and annual giving income, grants and school contracts. In-kind access to school, classroom and office space; computer hardware & software; communications infrastructure, office equipment, programming materials and services provided by the partner school district.

-Assessment surveys are now being given at 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 12th grade, providing the organization with excellent data about programming effectiveness and student attitudinal shifts.

-Of the A Call to College participants in the 2021 senior class, 89% of the respondents chose helpful, very helpful or extremely helpful when surveyed about their reactions to advising sessions with ACTC.

-68% of the seniors defined as ACTC participants felt extremely informed or very informed about the college application process. Of the seniors who were NOT participants in A Call to College, only 20% felt extremely informed or very informed about the college application process.

-This past year PEAK provided over 800 hours of targeted, activity-based college outreach to just under 1,700 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th grade students in nearly 100 different classrooms.

-304 Newark City graduates were awarded $394,947 in Last Dollar Grants for the 2021-2022 academic year.

-PEAK relies on a close partnership with principals and classroom teachers. On average our NCS partners contributed over 1,000 collaborative hours to help programming run smoothly.

-At the 4th, 6th and 8th grade levels, with the assistance of our NCS partners, we administer a pre- and post-survey to assess learning outcomes and attitudinal shifts. A few noteworthy results:

*Prior to College & Money Savvy Wildcats lesson plans in 2020, less than 1% of fourth graders could name three or more college vocabulary words. Post programming, 61% of the students could name three or more college vocabulary words.

*Following Kids2College programming in 2021, 50% of sixth graders agreed to the statement “There are a variety of financial aid resources to help me pay for college". This is up 10% when compared to the pre-survey.

*78% of eighth graders answered answered that participating in A Call to College/PEAK activities this year was valuable.

*When surveyed, over three-quarters of the 59 Newark City School partner teachers at each of these grade levels chose "strongly agree" when asked whether PEAK programming was a valuable use of class time.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Newark City School District students and parents are served beginning in 2nd grade. Services increase during high school and continue throughout higher education, regardless of when a student pursues a higher education.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Terminology is being changed throughout programming to become more inclusive of all student and parent/guardian living circumstances.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, Assessment reports are published to the A Call to College website upon completion,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Students are encouraged to openly share their experience with A Call to College and provide feedback so we may better serve them now and in the future.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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A CALL TO COLLEGE

Board of directors
as of 09/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane DeLawder

A Call to College, Retired

Term: 2018 -

Randall Anstine

Ernst & Young LLP, Retired

William Weidaw

Wilson, Shannon and Snow, emeritus

Paul Thompson

First Federal Savings & Loan

Sarah Wallace

First Federal Savings & Loan

Thomas Ash

State Farm Insurance

Thomas Cummiskey

Park National Bank

Megan Evans

Newark Campus Development Fund, The Thomas J. Evans Foundation and The Gilbert Reese Family Foundation

Judith Franklin

Park National Bank, Retired

Prescott Koebel

Newark High School

David Lewis

Newark City Schools

Gary Walters

Licking County Clerk of Courts, Retired

William McConnell

Park National Corporation, emeritus

Cynthia Menzer

White Oak Partners, LLC

Faith Phillips

Ohio State University Newark and Central Ohio Technical College

Robin Somers

Ohio State Newark, emeritus

Granger McKinney

Wells Fargo, Retired

Michael Sayre

Innovative Leadership Institute

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.