Circle of Winners


Circle of Winners

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About Circle of Winners

Circle of Winners is a youth development program that promotes higher education and provides mentoring and leadership opportunites to help at-risk youth ages 14 to 18. This program is driven by and focuses on building knowledge, skills and opportunities to pave a better way of life. The Circle of Winners program offers high school students the opportunity become positive role models within the community, earn money for college and learn the importance of higher education in a positive and nurturing environment.

Circle of Winners’ students tutor and mentor younger students, ages 5-13, in after-school programs in the Northside community.  This provides elementary and middle school students with the opportunity to interact with high school students whose goals are to finish high school and go on to college. The high school students are positive role models that help encourage the younger children to also finish school. Circle of Winners’ students also work one-on-one teaching computer skills to adult residents and youth.

Circle of Winners’ students are paid to tutor and mentor younger students for 300 to 400 hours each year.  Two- thirds of the money they earn is put into a savings account, which covers the major portion of tuition and books. The other one-third is given to the students as a monthly stipend.

Circle of Winners’ students have the opportunity to  meet motivational and informational leaders from the community each month, that inspire them in their development.  The students are also provided with training that gives them insight into the world of college applications, financial aid, scholarships, developing a budget, and  creating a resume.  As a result of  the program, students learn leadership skills and how to become responsible and active participants in the community.

Circle of Winners’ students serve people of all ages, while being nurtured themselves. The students activities and example give encouragement and are a role model for younger students and others to follow.