The Queens Community House has received a $50,000 grant that will go toward the Forest Hills center’s college access programs.
The grant, which was presented to the nonprofit by the New York Life Foundation through the United Neighborhood Houses College Access project, will help to expand the Community House’s programs for low-income students in Queens.
“We are delighted to have this additional support, which will enable QCH to expand and deepen our college preparation work,” said Susan Matloff-Nieves, associate executive director of youth services at the Queens Community House. “In particular, this grant will enable us to strengthen our capacity for early awareness work with middle school students through individual and group educational counseling and facilitation of our signature COPE program, which promotes future planning particularly target for 6th, 7th and 8th grade youth.”
The nonprofit currently offers programs such as Options, which has a college access and success program imbedded within it and provides high school students and their parents assistance with test preparation, financial aid guidance and college application processes.
“The goal of this programming is not only to see young people graduate from high school or earn a GED, but also to increase access to and retention in postsecondary education,” Matloff-Nieves said.