THE GATE by jizhen1947


									THE G ATE
Volume 2, Issue 1 • Fall 2009 • Newsletter of Greater Milwaukee                                   A dmission P ossiblE
  Admission Possible Students
  Ready for a Rewarding Year

F     all signals the start of a new school year and for Admission Possible
      students, the excitement that comes with fulfilling their dreams of a
      college education. Over the course of the year, students will spend
160 hours in after-school sessions meeting with their Admission Possible
coaches - recent college graduates serving as AmeriCorps members.

In getting the year started off right, high school juniors awoke early on a
                                                                                      Possible Coach Anabel Carrillo (back left) and W.E.B. Du
Saturday morning in late October to take a full-length practice ACT exam AdmissionSchool juniors take a break to pose for a photo during their
                                                                            Bois High
at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. They will now work diligently after-school college prep session.
to improve their scores – so important for college admission - through
months of ACT test preparation, and three additional practice tests, before taking the official exam in April of 2010.

Meanwhile, high school seniors are busy perfecting their college and scholarship applications, and visiting college campuses
throughout the Midwest. “These seniors will be the first graduates of Admission Possible Greater Milwaukee,” said Program
Manager Kelly Schaer. “We are so excited to celebrate with them as they are admitted to college and receive scholarships.”

In only two years in Milwaukee, Admission Possible has grown from serving 60 students to 140 students in four Milwaukee high
schools, including its newest partner school, W.E.B. Du Bois High School.

           Admission Possible Receives Two National Awards

                                                     I   n September, Admission Possible received two national awards of excellence
                                                         from associations representing the highest standards in the college access
                                                         field. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)
                                                     presented Admission Possible with its 2009 Human Relations Award, honoring
                                                     an organization making postsecondary education opportunities available to
                                                     underrepresented students.

                                                     Two weeks earlier, Admission Possible received the National College Access
                                                     Network (NCAN) 2009 Organization Award of Excellence, which recognizes the
                                                     work of a college access program to improve access to and success in postsecondary
                                                     education for first-generation, underrepresented and low-income students.

  Center: Kate Lundeen, Admission Possible Greater   Although the awards have “Admission Possible” engraved on them, founder and
  Milwaukee Executive Director, and Jim McCorkell,
  Admission Possible CEO, with college access
                                                     CEO, Jim McCorkell, said the honor belongs to everyone working to close the
  supporters at NCAN’s annual conference             college access gap.
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  GrEATEr milwAukEE
                                                                                  From THE dEsk oF ExEcuTivE dirEcTor
   Advisory boArd
            Kim Irwin
         Community Volunteer
                                                                                                Kate Lundeen
                                                                    At the start of the      started the year in the bottom 10th percentile
           David Kundert                                            new school year,         of ACT test takers nationwide, raised their final
           Retired, Banc One                                        Admission Possible       scores by more than 17 percent on average. By
             Gil Llanas                                             Greater Milwaukee        comparison, for-profit prep companies advertise
         Northwestern Mutual                                        is    celebrating    a   average gains of between 12-14 percent. This
         Deborah McGriff                                            number of exciting       score increase makes admission to four-year
       New Schools Venture Fund          firsts. Our first class of high school seniors is   colleges and universities possible. We cannot
         Kathy Munson                    completing college applications and meeting         wait to see the first acceptance letters filling
   YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee        with admissions offices across Wisconsin and        mailboxes this winter.
           Tonieh Schmitz                the Midwest. Our first Wisconsin AmeriCorps
 Milwaukee New Leaders for New Schools   members began their orientation in September,       While our Milwaukee team celebrates the
            La Toya Sykes                and these idealistic and driven recent college      excitement of our many firsts, our Minnesota
 Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty   graduates are providing students with our two-      branch is marking the start of its 10th program
                                         year program at four Milwaukee high schools.        year with continued remarkable results: 98% of
  A full list of Admission Possible’s
 Board of Directors can be found at:                                                         the thousands of students served since 2000 has         On a national front, Admission Possible             gained admission to college and nearly 80% are
            Board_of_Directors           recently received our first-ever national awards    persisting towards graduation or have already
     lEAdErsHiP TEAm                     for excellence in creating life-changing results    graduated.
   Kate Lundeen, Executive Director      for students. This occurred on the heels of
      Sara Burns, Operations &           President Obama’s remarks about Admission           We are in a unique position to harness the
      Communications Coordinator         Possible’s program becoming a nationwide            energy and excitement of our young program
    Kelly Schaer, Program Manager        solution.    He stated, “Admission Possible         in Milwaukee and build on the experience and
                                         operates in just two states now. So imagine if it   success of our Minnesota sister branch. Strong
                                         was 10, or 20 or 50.”                               local partnerships have already helped our
     We envision                                                                             program more than double in size. We will
     a day when the                      Now in our second year in Milwaukee, we also        continue to look to new and current partners
 future of America’s                     have the momentum of strong relationships           for support, expertise and financial support in
  children is determined                 with our partner high schools and colleges and      growing to reach ever more students in need.
 solely by their talent,                 are already building a track record of results.     Thank you!
         motivation                      Our first ACT score results showed that hard
            and effort.                  work pays off. Admission Possible students who

Admission PossiblE provides
after-school programming for
                                            Putting a Face on College: Campus Visits

140 low-income students at
                                                 or many students, visiting a college
four Greater Milwaukee high
                                                 campus is the first step toward feeling
                                                 motivated to attend college. Admission
  Milwaukee Public High                    Possible provides opportunities for juniors and
  Schools                                  seniors to visit campuses.
  William G. Andrekopolos,
  Superintendent                           Over the course of this year, Admission
                                           Possible will partner with colleges to arrange
  Milwaukee School of                      free visits to more than a dozen campuses,
                                           providing an opportunity for each participating
  South Division High School               student to experience college first hand.
  W.E.B. Du Bois High School
                                           “The students love visiting campuses,” said        Admission Possible juniors Johnathon, Marcus,
 Private High School                       events AmeriCorps member Ashley Schmidt.           Diamunte, Victoria and Markeesha talk with an
 Cindy Marino, President                   “The colleges we go to are supportive of our       Augustana College representative on a campus visit.
                                           program and really make our students feel
  Saint Joan Antida High
  School                                   welcome!”
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  Our Support Network: TEAm PossiblE!
We are pleased to recognize the important partnerships that Admission Possible Greater
                                                                                                            Thank You!
                                                                                                                Admission Possible Greater
Milwaukee has with individuals and organizations in the community. We extend our thanks                       Milwaukee would like to express
to the many members of Team Possible, who help make our work possible and who are                                its sincere gratitude to our
dedicated to informing others about the importance of college access.                                           Founding Funders whose
                                                                                                              generous contributions have to
          Grant from Great Lakes Supports Greater                                                              provide a solid foundation for
                                                                                                                  our Milwaukee program.
                   Milwaukee Expansion
Admission Possible received a multi-year $200,000 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education                     TG Educational Alliances &
Guaranty Corporation to expand its program in Milwaukee. Ms. La Toya Sykes, Director of                               Partnerships
Outreach and Access Awareness for Great Lakes said, “We are proud to support programs
such as Admission Possible that are helping future generations reach their full potential. A                            $125,000
college education is key to ending the cycle of poverty for a student and for building an                    Great Lakes Higher Education
educated workforce in our communities.”                                                                          Guaranty Corporation
                                                                                                                  $200,000 over 2 years
           Words of Support: Admissions Counselor                                                            Greater Milwaukee Foundation
“It amazes me how students are willing to give their time                                                         $150,000 over 2 years
to Admission Possible. The students are engaged knowing
they have power to achieve, and it becomes contagious with                                                       Northwestern Mutual
their peers. They make what seems impossible POSSIBLE.                                                                Foundation
Admission Possible is not just a reputable organization,                                                          $75,000 over 3 years
held in high esteem among many universities and colleges,
                                                                                                                 Herzfeld Foundation
it is an organization that changes lives. UW-La Crosse supports Admission Possible and the
students that they serve, and we thank you for giving us the opportunity to do so.”                                      $7,500
                                                - Vickie Sanchez, Admissions Counselor                          Elm Grove Junior Guild
                                                  University of Wisconsin - La Crosse                                    $7,500
                                                                                                               Wisconsin Association of
         Words of Support: Advisory Board Member                                                               Independent Colleges and
“Admission to college is more competitive than ever today. Far too many low-income                                    Universities
students lack the resources and/or support to prepare them for college. Admission Possible
believes in these students and helps them realize college is an attainable goal. I wish all of                            $500
our high schools in Milwaukee could take advantage of what Admission Possible has to
offer our young people. It’s an amazing program.”
                                               - Tonieh Schmitz
                                                                                                                  In-KInd donatIons
                                                 Milwaukee New Leaders for New Schools
                                                                                                            Best Buy, Bremer Bank, Buca di
                                                                                                            Beppo, C. Adams Bakery, Einstein
                                                                                                            Bros. Bagels, Eisenberg Ice,
                                                                                                            Glorioso’s Tax Service, Jimmy
                                            To learn more about Admission Possible Greater                  John’s, Klement’s Sausage, Little
In The Media                                Milwaukee’s appearances in the media, visit us at
                                                                                                            Ceasar’s, Metro Market, Michalsen
                                                                                                            Office Furniture, Pick ‘n Save, Pizza
                                                                                                            Shuttle, Sentry Foods, Steinhafels -
Chronicle of Philanthropy – Oct. 15, 2009               Twin Cities Public Television- Sept. 20, 2009       Corporate, Target - West Milwaukee,
“AmeriCorps and a Nod from Obama Give                   “College IS Possible”                               Theiss Interior Design, University of
College-Access Group a Lift”                            Documentary co-produced by Admission Possible       Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Admission Possible is exploring future organizational   and Twin Cities Public Televison. It highlights
growth with the aim of serving more students in         college preparatory programs and mentorships         Admission PossiblE is
more communities. Milwaukee was the first               that are helping low-income high school students     suppor ted by AmeriCor ps,
expansion site and has met all of its benchmarks        gain admission to, and succeed in, college. Watch    AmeriCor ps*VISTA, Ser ve
to date.                                                online at
                                                                                                             Wisconsin, and Ashoka.
BizTimes Nonprofit Weekly - Oct. 9, 2009                Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – June 30, 2009
“Local Nonprofit Receives National Honors”              “Obama Praises Work of Non-Profit Working
Admission Possible launched its college access          with Students in Milwaukee”
programming for promising low-income high               President Obama praised Milwaukee organization,
school students in Milwaukee in 2008 under              Admission Possible, for their work helping low-
local leadership and now serves 140 high school         income high school students get into college
juniors and seniors in four high schools.               through mentoring and test preparation.
                                                   admIssIon PossIble Greater mIlwauKee
                                                              603 N. Milwaukee Street
                                                               Milwaukee, WI 53202                                     NONPROFIT
                                                               Phone: (414) 220-9450                               U.S. POSTAGE PAID
                                                                Fax: (414) 220-9451                                   ST. PAUL MN
                                            Milwaukee                    PERMIT NO. 1036

A d m i s s i o n P o s s i b l E is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to helping promising
low-income students prepare for and earn
admission to college. The organization
identifies low-income young people with the
potential and the motivation for college and
then provides them with four critical services:

     1 ACT and SAT test preparation
     2 intensive assistance in preparing
        college applications

     3 help   in obtaining financial aid

     4 guidance in transition to college

                                                      Admission PossiblE in the Schools
   A GlAncE                                                                       “     I joined Admission Possible because I want to be
                                                                                        successful and achieve my goals for the future. I

                                                                                        know Admission Possible will help me do that by
                                                                                        helping me get into college.
 1     Admission Possible ready
       for a successful year; receives                                                  Alberto, South Division High School & Admission
       two national awards                                                              Possible, Class of 2012

 2     Letter from Executive
       Director, Kate Lundeen;                               Seniors
       College campus visits begin
                                                                                        Some students doubt whether they can go to college
  3 Team Possible partners                                                              or do well in college. Our work after school helps

    making a difference;                                                                them overcome those challenges and realize that
       Admission Possible in the                                                        they can go to college and succeed.
       media; thank you to the
       donors who make our work                                                       Corey Briggs, Admission Possible Coach,
                                                                                      Milwaukee School of Languages

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