November, 2015
College Now's GEAR UP Program Facilitates Instant Decision Days in Parma High Schools
Students in the GEAR UP program at Parma and Valley Forge High Schools recently took part in instant decision days, during which colleges came to the high schools and provided students with their admissions decisions on the spot. In many cases, students were able to apply and receive their admissions decisions, as well as earn scholarships, all on the same day!  

Advisor Cathy Graham at Parma Senior High School held the instant decision day on November 11 and Laura Boswell at Valley Forge held hers on November 13. Cathy helped the counseling team at Parma utilize Naviance for the decision day event, which is in its sixth year at Parma. Ten schools participated in Parma's decision day, and 111 students met with the admissions representatives. Many students who applied from Parma received their admission and scholarships, including one student who received a $20,000 scholarship! Students who were unsure of their postsecondary plans and interests were able to find schools to which they wanted to apply.

At Valley Forge, advisor Laura Boswell had 28 students participate in the decision day that welcomed Baldwin Wallace, Cleveland State University, Ursuline, Youngstown State, Tri-C and Toledo to the school. One student received a $5,000 scholarship during the day, and another received a marching band scholarship to Toledo upon applying.

These instant decision days were great opportunities for students to interact with schools which they may otherwise have not heard of or been interested in, and were a great way to get students excited about applying and going to college!
Mentor a College Student to Success with College Now!

College Now invites you to mentor with the College Now Mentoring Program!

Think back to when you were 18 - did you have all the answers? Chances are, you benefitted from the advice and guidance of an adult. Whether it was a professor, employer or another figure in your life, someone took the time to get to know you and help you grow as a person. College Now invites you to pay it forward and play just such a role. Join our 1,100 mentors and make a difference in a student's life!

"The one-on-one mentoring relationship is something that I would have loved when I was in college, and I am so glad that the program exists for [my mentee]. I think at all stages in life, but especially in college, you just need someone in your corner to back you up, and that is exactly what this program does." ~College Now Mentor

The first three years of the program show mentors' impact: 97% of mentored freshmen continued on to their sophomore year of college! In 2016-17, College Now will invite another 350 freshmen students to the program. These students need mentors who can assist them with the connections and insight they need. To contribute to the success of one of our students and become a mentor, you must hold a college degree (Associate's or above), pass a background check, and be willing to work with a student for his/her four years of college. No prior mentoring experience is necessary. The time commitment is minimal, and the results are wonderful!

Consider applying TODAY, and join the ranks of over 1,000 mentors in making a difference for a local student!

If you would like more information, contact Madeline Rife, Mentoring Program Manager at or 216.635.0163. You may also visit College Now's web site, or watch this short video about the program.
Now Recruiting for the Winter Session of impACT the 216!

impACT the 216 is a program administered by College Now Greater Cleveland in partnership with the  Cleveland Public Library, made possible with funds granted by the Ohio Department of Education through the  21st Century Community Learning Centers. The program is designed to enhance math & reading proficiency, improve students' ACT scores and increase students' college and career readiness. 
Program details:
  • Students can apply to participate in one of our 3 eight-week after-school sessions: 
    Fall (September  - November), Winter (January - February), or Spring (April - May)
  • Program is hosted at four Cleveland Public Library sites and two community sites:
Eastman Library (11602 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, OH 44111)
Harvard-Lee Library (16918 Harvard Avenue Cleveland, OH 44128)
Martin Luther King Jr. Library (1962 Stokes Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44106)
South Brooklyn Library (4303 Pearl Road Cleveland, OH 44109)
Esperanza, Inc. (3104 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44109)
Warrensville Heights High School (4270 Northfield Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128)
  • Group meets from 3:30 - 5:45, Monday - Thursday and Friday as needed
  • Up to 25 students are accepted per site for each session
  • Professional advisors will deliver College Now's ACT Preparation Course
Additional perks include:
  • College visits (in-state and out-of-state)
  • $100 stipend for each student at the end of each 8-week session
  • Possible internship opportunities for students who successfully complete the program
  • Parent/family opportunities to meet the staff and view students' projects
Click here to enroll in impACT the 216!

Questions?  Call us at  216.241.5587 or email

This Holiday Season, Consider Participating in #GivingTuesday

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, College Now is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Last year, more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.  We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this December 1.  Some ideas include:
  1. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday to talk about charity and the causes and organizations you support. And, if College Now is among them, make sure to tag us on Facebook and use our Twitter handle, @CollegeNowGC.
  2. Consider making a gift to College Now. All gifts on #GivingTuesday go toward College Now scholarships.
  3. Sign up to be a mentor through College Now and help a student navigate through college.
  4. Make a gift of your time and volunteer for an organization that is important to you.
There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday.  We hope you'll consider participating in a way that is meaningful to you.