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. Our funding of ANY includes a strategic partnership between ANY and (i) LaGuardia Community College and (ii) Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Under the partnerships, LaGuardia and BMCC provide resources that include workshop spaces and an on-campus desk where ANY staff can provide convenient support to ANY 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. Ninety percent of ANY Fellows have transferred from community colleges to four-year universities – compared to 30% 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, 90% of ANY Fellows graduate from college within six years, and 80% have secured jobs or are enrolled in graduate schools. In comparison, CUNY’s three-year graduation rate for community colleges is 25% and the six-year graduation rate for senior colleges is 53%.