Mesa Counts on College awards grants
Dobson High, Mesa Community Action Network and Chicanos Por La Causa received $19,000 to help MPS students complete post-secondary schooling.
Mesa Counts on College will fund three innovative projects that support increased post-secondary certification and college completion among Mesa’s youth. The proposals were submitted by Chicanos Por La Causa, the Mesa Community Action Network and Randy Payne of the Dobson High counseling staff:
- Chicanos Por La Causa will use its $7,500 grant funding to provide tutoring services to youth (age 14-21) with reading, math or writing skills below the ninth-grade level. These services will be added to the current ASPIRE program offerings now available at the Mesa Public Library, 64 E. First St., Mesa.
- Mesa Community Action Network (MesaCAN) was awarded $7,500 to identify potential grant-matching opportunities for Mesa clients who invest in the college tuition-saving program — Fast Tracking the Dream Individual Development Account — and comply with certain requirements.
- The Dobson High Counseling Department now has $4,000 in grant money to provide resources for seniors and their families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for post-secondary financial aid. Counselors will conduct sessions outside the school day for the convenience of parents.
The initiative received 27 innovation proposals from educators, nonprofit organizations and community members.
Mesa Counts on College, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is administered by Mesa Community College, Mesa Public Schools and the city of Mesa.