We have been a major supporter of strategic partnerships fueling the growth of America Needs You (ANY), an organization that has achieved success in responding to the needs of first-generation college students. We funded a strategic partnership, among others, between ANY and LaGuardia Community College that enables ANY to operate under a cost-sharing model where ANY pays 80% of expenses and LaGuardia pays 20% plus provides resources that include workshop spaces and an on-campus desk where ANY staff can provide convenient support to Fellows.
In New York, ANY serves City University of New York (CUNY) students, one third of whom start out at a two-year CUNY community college, because they have been identified as having the highest need for intervention. To ensure year-over-year persistence and bachelor’s degree completion, ANY supports students as they transition from two-year to four-year colleges and throughout their post-secondary education.
ANY has achieved results that position it as the most effective model for college-completion programs for CUNY students. Recent data indicates that 87% of Fellows enrolled in community colleges transferred to four-year universities. Bolstered by ANY programming, 94% of Fellows graduate from college within six years, and 92% have secured jobs or enrolled full-time in graduate school. In comparison, CUNY’s 3-year graduation rate for community colleges is 22% and the 6-year graduation rate for senior colleges is 55%.