Program Snapshot

Graduating from high school is a tremendous achievement, but it is not an endpoint. As our modern economy increasingly requires post-secondary credentials in order to earn a living wage, it is crucial that all youth have access to quality post-secondary education and career pathways to become productive and successful adults.

Whether heading to a four-year college, pursuing vocational education, or enrolling in a gap year program, Tenacity remains actively engaged with our high school graduates by supporting access, persistence, and completion.

Core Curriculum Areas

Transition Support
  • Collaboration with campus supports
  • Campus resource referral
  • Conversation practice, simulating self-advocacy with high school and campus offices
Financial Aid Counseling
  • Support and guidance in completing, by priority deadline, the following:

    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    • CSS Profile
    • Verification
    • IDOC
    • Institutional documents
    • Appeal letters
Personal Support
  • Mentoring, guidance, problem solving
  • Crisis management
  • Campus visits
  • Care packages
  • Transfer application support
Resources & Jobs
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • College and career focused workshops
  • Summer and January reunions
  • Department events
  • Internship opportunities and support
  • Targeted resource referrals, including but not limited to mental health, housing, and health insurance
Scholarship Program
  • Students submit paperwork confirming enrollment and indicating how they wish their earned money to be used
  • PSS Coordinator facilitates payment and tracks all funds

The College & Career Prep and Post-Secondary Services Team

Kisandra Ayanbeku

Manager of Post-Secondary Services

Marquise Frasier

College & Career Prep Coordinator

Alena Ragan

College & Career Prep Coordinator