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Native American Youth and Family Center awarded $56,250 grant to increase college attendance

Contact: Di Saunders, OUS – Office: 503-725-5714; Cell: 971-219-6869 Source: Stephanie Carnahan, CACGP Program Director – Office: 541-346-5761; Cell: 541-359-6755 Portland, OR, October 18, 2010 – The State of Oregon announced last week that it has awarded a $56,250 grant to the N.E. Portland-based Native American Youth and Family Center’s (NAYA) Ladder to Success project to enhance the ability of the staff at partnership colleges to serve youth in meeting post-secondary education access goals in increase community involvement. Funded through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education received by Oregon in August, NAYA’s award is part of the College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) which awarded grants to 12 pre-college preparation programs across the state for a total of $607,000 in support. NAYA’s Ladder to Success project will be implemented at universities, community colleges and technical/vocational schools, with the goal of ensuring that all youth participating in the program will attend an institution of postsecondary education. To achieve this goal, the project will incorporate systematic change that provides training, tools, and resources for all staff to enhance their ability to serve youth in meeting the postsecondary education goal. The project will also increase community awareness and involvement to ensure the success of all youth attending and graduating from an institution of post-secondary education. "The Native American Youth and Family Center is excited to strengthen our ability to offer culturally specific postsecondary education preparation for our youth and Early College Academy students,” said Tamara Henderson, achievement coach for NAYA. “I am particularly excited to match our students with mentors at Portland area colleges and universities which will allow our youth to work with individuals who understand the barriers students are facing and how to overcome them. Working to increase the college going rates of underrepresented youth is always a challenge, but with the support we have received through the College Access Challenge Grant, NAYA Family Center staff are poised to create a stronger college going culture while preparing our youth and students for life after high school." NAYA will partner with other colleges to deliver the programming to students, including Portland State University, Portland Community College, University of Oregon and Mt. Hood Community College. Besides the $56,250 provided by the grant, NAYA will be providing an additional $42,188 in matching funds to run the program. Stephanie Carnahan, director of college access programs for the Oregon University System, said, “There is a great need in Oregon for pre-college programs that help students and families understand how to access college in a comprehensive way, from academic preparation to understanding how financial aid works. Ladder to Success is a great example of the type of support that all Oregon students need in order to ensure that they can access college and be academically and otherwise prepared to succeed in their education and career goals.” The College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACGP) is a formula grant program that is designed to foster partnerships among Federal, State and local government entities and philanthropic organizations to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education. CACGP provides two-year grants to States to meet the needs of underrepresented students and families. In Oregon, all education sectors and the Governor’s Office are involved in the CACGP, and the Oregon University System is the fiscal agent for the grant. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services, and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu. - OUS - Eastern Oregon University | Oregon Institute of Technology | Oregon State University | Portland State University Southern Oregon University | University of Oregon | Western Oregon University | Oregon Health & Science University - Affiliated