December, 2015
College Now Receives $50,000 Grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation to Serve Adult Learners
College Now recently received a two-year, $50,000 grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation to support work with adult learners. This award furthers Westfield's focus on family stability by providing philanthropic support to non-profit agencies who utilize comprehensive approaches to help families overcome multiple barriers and achieve greater stability.

Specifically, this grant will support College Now's new "You First" initiative. You First is a collaborative, neighborhood-based, low-income-family-focused effort designed to provide guided career exploration, college access advising and financial aid counseling aimed at maximizing aid and minimizing debt in order to increase parents' access to and completion of postsecondary education at non-profit, public and private institutions. Postsecondary educational attainment will qualify individuals for careers with salaries that meet or exceed living wages, salaries that can support their families.

College Now was one of six grantees awarded funds for work that furthers family stability. College Now hosted Westfield in the downtown Resource Center on December 14, 2015, for the presentation of the grant award. Thank you, Westfield, for your support of You First and College Now's work with adult learners!
CEO Lee Friedman Named a 2016 YWCA Woman of Achievement

YWCA Greater Cleveland announced its 2016 Women of Achievement Award recipients, and College Now CEO Lee Friedman is among the awardees! The Women of Achievement Award, now in its 40th year, is presented to a select group of Northeast Ohio women who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments through career success, community service, leadership, mentoring and dedication to the YWCA's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
Lee is joined in receiving this award by College Now Board Member Sue Tyler, as well as Micki Byrnes, Kathryn "Kit" Jensen, Kym Sellers, Robyn Minter Smyers, Maryrose Sylvester and Nancy Tinsley. The 2016 YWCA Women of Achievement Award recipients will be recognized at the 40th YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon on Monday, May 6, 2016, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, which will be held in conjunction with the YWCA Women's Leadership Conference.
Visit for more information on the Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon and Conference, and click here to read profiles of all the 2016 Women of Achievement Award recipients.
Congratulations to Lee and her fellow Women of Achievement Award recipients!
It's FAFSA Season - Do You Have Your FSA ID?

January 1st marks the start of financial aid season - do you have what you need to be prepared? If you have questions about filling out your FAFSA, or don't know what you need to start the financial aid process, stop in to the College Now Resource Center, located on Level Three of Tower City Center in downtown Cleveland. You can get all your financial aid questions answered!

The Resource Center can also help you obtain your FSA ID, which has replaced your FAFSA PIN. You will need an FSA ID to log in to U.S. Department of Education websites where you previously needed a FAFSA PIN.

You can visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information and to create your FSA ID. Make sure you come in to the Resource Center if you have further questions or need help creating your FSA ID and filling out the FAFSA.

Resource Center:
50 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
Level Three of Tower City Center

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: by appointment
Congratulations, December Graduates!

College Now and the College Now Mentoring Program would like to extend a congratulations to the Mentoring Program students who graduated in December 2015. Your hard work has paid off, and we wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors!

December Graduates:

Randy Bowling

Dazjhon Chandler

Melissa Cuadrado

Jay'Neisha Jackson

Keihen Kitchen

Trang Le

Qwentella Smith

Catreal Wood

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.

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