Welcome to NICA’s Circle Of Winners Program!
About the Program
The Circle of Winners program offers high school students the opportunity to become positive role models in the community, and earn money for college while learning the importance of higher education in a positive and nurturing environment. The program is designed to promote higher education and provides mentoring and leadership opportunities to help at-risk youth ages 14 to 18. Focusing on building knowledge, skills, and opportunities, the Circle of Winners program breaks the cycle of poverty, and paves the way to a better life.
How it Works
Circle of Winner’s students tutor and mentor younger students, ages 5-13, in after-school programs in the Northside community, providing elementary and middle school students 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 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 placed into a savings account, which helps to cover tuition and books. The other one-third is given to the students as a monthly stipend.
Motivational and informational leaders from the community meet with Circle of Winners students each month, inspiring them in their development. The students are also exposed to the world of college applications, financial aid, scholarships, developing a budget, and creating a résumé. In addition, Circle of Winners Students learn about different college study programs, and how to choose a college by touring college campuses, and they are encouraged to be active participants in their community by traveling to community events to assist with them.
As a result of the program, students learn leadership skills and become responsible and active participants in the community.
Since NICA began the program in 2004:
- 100% of students have graduated from high school
- 88% received one or more college scholarships
- 91% of all students completed at least one year of college
- 74% of all students completed at least two years of college
- 32% have graduated from college
- 3% completed trade school
Would you like to learn more about NICA’s Circle of Winners Program? Would you or someone you know like to join the Circle of Winners? Call NICA today at 817-626-1102.