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“Mesa Counts on College” awards grants

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“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 School counseling staff:

Chicanos por la Causa will use its $7,500 grant to provide tutoring services to young people between 14 and 21 years old 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 Street.  

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 – to comply with certain requirements.  

The Dobson High Counseling Department now has $4,000 in grant money to provide resources for high school seniors and their families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid 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” is a partnership among the City of Mesa, Mesa Public Schools and Mesa Community College to increase college completion among low-income youth from 16 to 26 years old.

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