YMCA of the USA to Expand College Access Program for Underserved Populations
"In adopting College Goal Sunday, the YMCA inherits a robust, well-staffed and highly regarded program that perfectly complements the YMCA's strategic goals to help individuals, families and communities realize their full potential, said Neil Nicoll, president and chief executive officer of YMCA of the USA. "This program has a significant impact on the lives of individuals and communities, and it will add to our continuum of programming that assists youth in attaining their educational and career goals. We look forward to working with Lumina Foundation in rolling out the program in the year ahead so that YMCAs, regardless of their current educational access programming, can find a way to participate and make college a reality for thousands of youth."
For the past several years, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has administered College Goal Sunday. They will remain a valuable partner under YMCA of the USA's leadership.
"In partnering with the YMCA to expand College Goal Sunday, Lumina Foundation aims to take advantage of the YMCA's breath and depth, as well as its national and international reach, to give more young people in more states access to the educational opportunities that are often critical to building healthy and successful adults and families," Merisotis said.
ABOUT COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY: The College Goal Sunday(SM) program was created by the Indiana Student Financial Aid Association in 1989 with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc., and with supplemental support from Lumina Foundation for Education.
ABOUT LUMINA FOUNDATION: Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education beyond high school. Through grants for research, innovation, communication and evaluation, as well as policy education and leadership development, Lumina Foundation addresses issues that affect access and educational attainment among all students, especially underserved student groups such as minorities, students from low-income families, first-time college-goers and working adults. The Foundation believes postsecondary education is one of the most beneficial investments individuals can make in themselves and that a society can make in its people.