NYU CPA/1199 WorkForce 2000 Program has been successful in helping young people transition to post-secondary education while strengthening their academic, career, and social/emotional skills. Initially founded in 1984, as the Metro Center Upward Bound Program, the first in the nation to target the inclusion of low-income, first-generation high school students with disabilities, was effective in developing partnerships with public and private sector resources that fostered connections with students and families.
This partnership has been successful in adapting to the changes in funding since 2012 when TRIO funding ended(1), as well as, in meeting the needs of our youth as they confront the challenges of the ever-changing landscape of career development and college admissions.
CPA/1199 Workforce is a supplemental college-preparatory program that enables roughly 300 high school students from high-needs communities to attend our Central NYU campus for intensive Saturday and summer sessions, focused on academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, college readiness, career planning, and professional internship experience.
The impact of the program's Saturday and summer programming on students' academic performance for the 2021-2022 Academic Year is both impressive and transformative.
424 Students and Families Served during the Program Year
- 171 participated in the Saturday Academic Year Component
- 253 participated in the Summer Component
- 100% of seniors successfully graduated high school and matriculated to a post-secondary college or trade school with many earning Advanced Diplomas.
- 73% matriculated to a 4-year college or university
- 24% matriculated to a 2-year college
- 2 seniors went on to enter 1199 WF program
- 99% of College Prep Academy seniors completed the application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) (Note: One of the students entered Trade School under a scholarship and later completed the FAFSA application.)
- $356,100 in scholarships, in addition to the Federal and State Financial Aid and grant award, received by CPA/1199 participants with the assistance of CPA/1199 staff
The College Prep Academy/1199 WorkForce (CPA/1199WF) at NYU Metro Center is committed to supporting students and their families to post-secondary school success. A significant factor in the success of this program, is due to the flexibility of services provided to students and parents through funding from the Meringoff, Winston, and Pinkerton Foundations and the ongoing collaboration with 1199/Child Care Corporation (CCC).
1. TRIO or (TRiO) Programs are federal outreach and student services programs in the United States designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO or (TRiO) Programs are administered, funded, and implemented by the United States Department of Education.