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 LaGuardia provides resources that include workshop spaces and an on-campus desk where ANY staff can provide convenient support to Fellows.
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. Eight-five percent of ANY Fellows have transferred from community colleges to four-year universities – compared to twenty percent of community college students nationally.
ANY has achieved results that position it as the most effective model for college-completion programs for CUNY students. Bolstered by ANY programming, 94% of ANY Fellows graduate from college within six years, and 90% have secured jobs. In comparison, CUNY’s three-year graduation rate for community colleges is 22% and the six-year graduation rate for senior colleges is 55%.