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The Inspiration. “Only 3 percent of Minnesota’s African American and American Indian 9th graders, and 5 percent of Latino 9th graders, are projected to complete a bachelor’s degree before they are 25 years old.” Citizen’s League Higher Education Report 2004. The Promise.

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The inspiration
The Inspiration

“Only 3 percent of Minnesota’s African American and American Indian 9th graders, and 5 percent of Latino 9th graders, are projected to complete a bachelor’s degree before they are 25 years old.”

Citizen’s League Higher Education Report 2004


The promise
The Promise

Graduate from a Minneapolis or Saint Paul public high school in the spring and you can go to college in the fall, TUITION FREE.



The power of you goals
ThePower of YOU Goals:

  • Reach Back: Change Expectations and Improve College Readiness

  • 2. Grants: Increase Participation by Removing Financial Barriers

  • 3. Retention Services: Increase College Graduation Rates


Program requirements
Program Requirements

  • Graduate from a Minneapolis or Saint Paul public high school

  • Reside in either the city of Minneapolis or the city of Saint Paul

  • Meet the criteria to apply for federal financial aid

  • Meet the admission requirements of the college/university

  • Enroll in 12 credits each term

  • Participate in 30 hours of service learning

  • Enroll in “Strategies for College Success” class

  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards each term

  • No Income Cap


Our community partners
Our Community Partners

Endorsed By:

The Minnesota Business Partnership City of Lakes Chamber of Commerce

Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce

In Collaboration With:

YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis African American Family Services

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center Page Education Foundation

Hospitality House Youth Directions Circle of Discipline

Achieve!Minneapolis Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools

Hennepin County YMCA of Greater St. Paul

Neighborhood HouseCities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul

Funded By:

3M Foundation ADC Foundation F.R. Bigelow Foundation

General Mills Foundation Graco Foundation Jerry Christenson Family

Mardag Foundation Medtronic Foundation RBC Dain Rauscher

Minneapolis Foundation Otto Bremer Foundation Tennant Foundation

Perlman Foundation St. Paul Travelers Foundation Xcel Energy Foundation

Saint Paul Foundation Timberwolves/Lynx Mpls. Empowerment Zone

Mpls. Downtown Network


Meet our first power of you class
Meet Our First Power of YOU Class



Evaluation results
Evaluation Results

  • Enrollment of Minneapolis and Saint Paul public school graduates doubled over prior year; 76% were students of color.

  • 4 of 5 students reported the program influenced their decision to attend college.

  • Power of YOU students had an overall retention rate of 85% during the first year.

  • The program did not simply draw students to MCTC and Saint Paul College who would have attended college anyway.


Evaluation results1
Evaluation Results

  • The colleges experienced large increases in Black students, low-income students, ESL students and students taking developmental courses.

  • Almost one-third of Power of YOU students made their decision to attend college in their senior year.

  • A higher proportion of Power of YOU students took developmental courses (81% v 68% at MCTC and 75% v 60% at SPC).


Evaluation results2
Evaluation Results

  • On average, Power of YOU students had a higher GPA during fall semester than their non-POY classmates.

  • Average cumulative GPA at the end of the first year was the same for POY and non-POY students.

  • At the end of the first year, 62% of Power of YOU students were in good academic standing.


Challenges
Challenges

  • Extent to which students were under-prepared for college

  • Concerns by sister institutions about enrollment and fund raising

  • Fear about creating expectations that could not be fulfilled

  • FAFSA as a barrier for undocumented students

  • Concerns about long-term sustainability


Questions
Questions?

http://www.minneapolis.edu/powerofyou/index.htmlhttp://www.saintpaul.edu/powerofyou/index.aspx


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