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Domestic Violence Resources & Support

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “in America, one women is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse, or dating partner every 14 hours”.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse”.

To learn more about domestic violence, go to their websites at http://www.ncadv.org/ and http://nnedv.org/.

If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, read below to learn about many victim supports and resources in our area.

City & County Domestic Violence Resources

Alexandria City                                 https://www.alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence                                           Arlington County                                     https://health.arlingtonva.us/behavioral-healthcare-archived/domestic-violence/                                                                           Fairfax County  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/domesticviolence/dvac/                             Falls Church City http://www.fallschurchva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1365                 Loudoun County                                           https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?nid=256                                             Prince William County http://www.pwcgov.org/government/courts/cjs/pages/links-to-domestic-violence-resources.aspx

Shelters Serving Domestic Violence Victims

A Way Forward – Fairfax County            http://www.awayforward.org/                                                                                  ACTS – Prince William, Manassas City, & Manassas Park  https://www.actspwc.org/get-help/domestic-violence                                                                                                                                    Bethany House – DMV                                                               http://www.bhnv.org/                                                                                                     Doorways for Women & Children – Arlington https://www.doorwaysva.org/get-help/domestic-violence-resources/                                                                                                                               Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter – Loudoun      http://www.lcsj.org/                                                                                                         Shelter House – Fairfax County   http://www.shelterhouse.org/programs/

Legal Assistance

Northern Virginia Legal Services – NV                       http://www.lsnv.org/                                                                                                         Tahirih Justice Center – DMV                           http://www.tahirih.org/get-help/

Other Nonprofit Assistance

Northern Virginia Family Services – NV                                                 Physical & Mental Health Services                           http://www.nvfs.org/assistance/domestic-violence/

The Women’s Center – Fairfax County & DC                              Counseling, Advocacy, & Support Group http://thewomenscenter.org/counseling/domestic-violence-sexual-assault-services/

National Hotline

National Domestic Violence Hotline                     http://www.thehotline.org/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you would like to participate in the fight to end domestic violence, learn what you can do here to volunteer, advocate, donate, and more http://nnedv.org/getinvolved.html 

Mental Wellness Resources in Northern Virginia

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed with juggling college, parenting, and employment?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone!!! According to  the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year, and about half of community college students surveyed reported mental health problems.

The good news is there are lots of free and low-cost mental wellness supports in our community. Check out the list below to find the help you need, or advocate for a friend or family member you feel  could use the support.

Making a call  or sending an email is the first step to feeling better. You cannot take care of others if you do not care for yourself first!

Local Providers                                                                                                    Greater Prince William Community Health Center – http://gpwhealthcenter.org/                                                                                        Loudoun Mental Health Centers – https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspxnid=1408                                                 HealthWorks for Northern Virginia (Behavior Health) – http://hwnova.org/                                                                                                            Neighborhood Health (Behavior Health)- http://www.neighborhoodhealthva.org/mission–vision–values.html                                                                                                                            Northern Virginia Family Services – http://www.nvfs.org/our-services/mental-health/                                                                                 Postpartum Help – http://www.postpartumva.org/

Local Support Groups                                                                                         Alexandria City Mental Health Support Groups – https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/adultservices/default.aspx?id=53018                                                                                                                                Depression & Bipolar Support Groups – http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=peer_support_group_locator                                                            National Alliance on Mental Health Northern Virginia Support Groups – http://www.nami-northernvirginia.org/individuals-peers.html                                                                                                                               Postpartum Support Groups – http://www.postpartumva.org/support-groups/                                                                                                                                      SCAN – Educational Parent Support Groups – https://www.scanva.org/support-for-parents/parent-education-program/parent-supportgroups/                                                                                 The Women’s Center Support & Therapy Groups (ask about reduced rates or sliding scale) – http://thewomenscenter.org/counseling/support-therapy-groups/                                                                                                                                      Trillium Drop-in Center –  http://www.trilliumdropincenter.org/

County Assistance                                                                                               Alexandria City Mental Health Services – https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/adultservices/default.aspx?id=50420                                                                                                                                Arlington County Mental Health Services – https://health.arlingtonva.us/behavioral-healthcare/mental-health/                                                                                                                                       Fairfax County Community Services Board – http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/services/                                                         Loudoun County Mental Health Services – https://www.loudoun.gov/mentalhealth                                                               Prince William County Mental Health Services – http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/cs/pages/adult-mental-health.aspx

Prescription Help                                                                                                  Family Wize https://familywize.org/prescription-savings-card/how-it-works                                                                                                                         Needy Meds http://www.needymeds.org/                                                                                       Partnership for Prescription Assistance https://www.pparx.org/

 

Scholarships Open to DACA Students

Below is a listing of scholarships open to DACA students in order of the month they are available.

JANUARY

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund                                                                                The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. This scholarship is open to all, regardless of citizenship status. http://www.davisputter.org/apply-for-scholarships/

Hispanic Scholarship Fund                                                                                         The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis and are open to community college students transferring to four year schools. DACA students and eligible non-citizens can apply.                                               https://www.hsf.net/scholarship

The United Methodist Church                                                                         GBHEM Loans and Scholarships administers over 70 scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program vary. All are open to DACA students; however, applicants must be an ACTIVE, full member of The United Methodist Church for at least ONE year before applying. https://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships/scholarships/list-scholarships

FEBRUARY

CORE’s Que Llueva Café Scholarship                                                                  This scholarship was founded with the intent of providing a direct response to what is an unfair immigration system that continues to deprive aspiring new scholars from continuing their education in the only country they have ever known. This scholarship is open to undocumented students with a high school diploma or GED enrolling in college for the first time.                                       http://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe_scholarship_program

National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarship                      Since 1988, NAHJ has awarded nearly $1.6 million in scholarships to more than 700 students. NAHJ scholarship opportunities are open to college-bound high school seniors and college undergraduates pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital or photojournalism. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better, and it is open to students regardless of citizenship status.                                                       http://www.nahj.org/nahj-scholarships/

Poe Pursuit of Excellence Mid-Atlantic Scholarship                                     This scholarship program is designed to support financially needy students who are determined to pursue a college degree. It is open to high school seniors from Wakefield, JEB Stuart, and St. Michael’s High Schools whose long-term plan is to pursue a bachelor’s degree. This scholarship is open to all regardless of citizenship status. https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/33490-Pursuit-Of-Excellence 

MARCH

Western Union Foundation Scholarship                                              Applicants must be pursuing a degree/field of study in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. This scholarship is open to undergraduate students from 18 to 26 years old. It is open to all regardless of citizenship status. https://foundation.westernunion.com/wuscholars/index.html

APRIL

 Esperanza Education Fund                                                                                       The Esperanza Education Fund provides college scholarships and professional mentorship to local immigrant students regardless of national origin, ethnicity, or immigration status. Students must be born outside of the US, or have two parents who were. The scholarship is open to high school seniors in the Washington DC area who will be enrolling fulltime in college. http://www.esperanzafund.org/

Great Minds in STEM Scholarship                                                                          The HENAAC Scholars Program addresses the immense need that the US has to produce more domestic engineers and scientists. The goal of the program is to ensure STEM college retention with a 3.0 grade point average or higher; to guarantee college graduation with an undergraduate technical degree in four-five years; and, to contribute to Hispanic communities by producing STEM role models for future generations and securing the country’s place as the finest technological leader in the world. Applicants must be of Hispanic descent, but citizenship is not required.   http://www.greatmindsinstem.org/college/henaac-scholarship-application-guidelines

 Pathway to the Baccalaureate Scholarships                                                 Each year Pathway to the Baccalaureate has several scholarships open just to Pathway students. These scholarships are typically open to DACA students. The scholarships are advertised to Pathway students via Blackboard and email. https://blogs.nvcc.edu/pathway/scholarships/scholarships-opened-to-all-students/

MAY

Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest                                                         Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes. This contest is open to high school seniors and undergraduate students, and is open to all regardless of citizenship.     https://www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests#atlasshrugged-1

Latino Resources Scholarship Fund                                                                    Since 2014, the Latino Resources Scholarship Fund has operated as a culturally responsive student success initiative providing support systems to students dedicated to achieving their college career goals. Investing in Latino students who demonstrate academic excellence, civic engagement, leadership and financial need reinforces Latino Resources mission of increasing Latino leadership through college completion and civic engagement. Open to DACA students.                                                    http://latinoresources.org/network-resources/

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship                                                                             This program has helped promising individuals achieve academic excellence in medicine, ensuring the well-being of you and your family. This scholarship is open to residents of the US that have completed at least one year of undergraduate study in a health related field and have at least one more year until they graduate. https://www.tylenol.com/news/scholarship

JUNE

Radio Television Digital News Association Scholarship                           Since 1970, RTDNF has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and fellowships to more than 500 young journalists as part of its mission as the educational arm of RTDNA. Recipients have gone on to enjoy careers from reporter, anchor, and news director to White House speechwriter. This scholarship is open to fulltime college sophomores pursuing careers in TV, radio, or journalism regardless of citizenship status. https://www.rtdna.org/content/scholarship_info

Ted Rollins Eco Scholarship                                                                                        Ted Rollins and TXG Capital award a $1,000 scholarship twice each year to one talented student who is majoring in a field related to sustainability. This money may be used to pay for tuition, books or living expenses. This scholarship is open to high school seniors or undergraduates planning to take at least 10 credits regardless of citizenship status.            http://www.tedrollinsecoscholars.com/apply-now/

JULY

Patsy Takemoto Mink Scholarship                                                       Established in 2003, this scholarship aims to carry on some of Mink’s most ardent commitments: education access, opportunity, and equity for low-income women, especially mothers; and education enrichment for children. This scholarship is open to low-income mothers regardless of citizenship status. http://patsyminkfoundation.org/edsupport.html

Platt Family Scholarship Essay Contest                                                              This scholarship is for fulltime currently enrolled undergraduate students. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. Our Topic for 2017:  Several American presidents, including ideological opposites George W. Bush and Barack Obama, have stated that they have either admired or sought inspiration from the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. What is it about Lincoln that appeals to a wide range of political leaders?  What lessons from Lincoln’s presidency might be useful to our new president http://www.thelincolnforum.org/scholarship-essay-contest

AUGUST

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship                                                          The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. This scholarship is open to DACA students. http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/undergraduate-transfer/how-to-apply/

SEPTEMBER

Golden Door Scholarships                                                                                  Golden Door Scholars provides scholarships for DACA students and scholarships for undocumented students. Students may be high school seniors or recent graduates. Preference will be given to high school graduates from states that require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition. Virginia is one of those states. http://www.goldendoorscholars.org/apply.html

NOVEMBER

TheDream.US                                                                                                                    We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated DREAMers with significant, unmet financial need. While we consider your GPA and test scores, we place great emphasis on your demonstrated ability to overcome the barriers and challenges that DREAMers face each and every day.  http://www.thedream.us/scholarships/national-scholarship/

DECEMBER

 Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders                  Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. is one of only four Latinos in history to be honored by both governments; the United States and Mexico. He received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bill Clinton, and the National Ohtli Award, the highest honor presented by the government of Mexico for distinguished service to the Mexican and Mexican American community in the United States. Undergraduate students with financial need may apply regardless of citizenship status.                                               https://form.jotform.us/71346695484165

Generation Hope                                                                                            Generation Hope began in March 2010 when Nicole Lynn Lewis, a former teen mother who attended the College of William & Mary while raising her infant daughter, decided to put her dream of helping more teen parents beat the odds in motion.  She envisioned an organization that would encourage and support other teen parents in their pursuit of a college degree.  This scholarship is open to teen parents who have DACA status. http://supportgenerationhope.org/scholar-application/

Scholarship America                                                                                       Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund for students in their college sophomore year and beyond — with growing, renewable awards that help ensure talented students can afford to complete the degree programs they’ve started. Students must be attending fulltime with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and is open to DACA students.                         https://scholarshipamerica.org/dreamaward/

ONGOING

 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards                                                                           The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Scholarships are given to high school seniors that exhibit excellence in writing or art  regardless of citizenship status. http://www.artandwriting.org/scholarships/sponsoredawards/

Alexandria Affordable Summer Camp Options

Summer is right around the corner! If you live in Alexandria and haven’t already made plans for the kiddos, here are a few affordable summer camp options to check out.

Alexandria City

Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp                                                                                  Starts June 26th                                                                                                                    Hours: 10 am to 5 pm                                                                                                         Ages 5-12                                                                                                                                 Cost: $25 per week for members who receive free & reduced lunch at school                                                                                                                                      Call 703-895-2000 for more information                                                              http://www.bgcgw.org/club-page/murraygate-summer-camp/

The  Campagna Center Summer Program                                                               Starts July 3rd                                                                                                                        Hours: 7 am – 6 pm                                                                                                               Ages 5-12                                                                                                                                  Cost: sliding scale based on income                                                                          Call 703-224-2338 for more information                                                              https://campagnacenter.schoolforms.org/summercamp

Casa Chirlilagua Elementary Summer Camp                                                        Starts July 31st                                                                                                                      Hours: 9 am to Noon                                                                                                          Cost: $25 for one child, $35 for two                                                                          Email marissa@casachirilagua.org for more information                              http://casachirilagua.org/

Community Lodgings’ Elementary Summer Program                                      Starts July 10th                                                                                                                      2nd-5th grade                                                                                                                  Cost: $50 one child, $90 two children, & $120 three children                  Call 703-566-9464 for more information                                                               www.communitylodgings.org     

YMCA Summer Day Camp                                                                                               Starts June 25th                                                                                                                   Hours: 9 am – 4 pm with extended day option                                                     Ages 5-16                                                                                                                             Cost: offers financial assistance based on income, must inquire about special form                                                                                                               Email alexandriaemail@ymcadc.org for more information                         http://www.ymcadc.org/library/files/2017%20Alexandria%20Camp%20Guide%20(2).pdf

 

Career Readiness: The Importance of Internships!

According to a survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “four in five employers believe that completion of a supervised and evaluated internship… would be very or fairly effective in ensuring that recent college graduates possess the skills and knowledge needed for success at their company”.

In 2015, 63% of college students had participated in an internship, putting students without that experience upon graduation at a disadvantage when job seeking.

Why are internships in college so important?

  • Acquiring experience
  • Learning company expectations
  • Building your resume
  • Accessing reference letters
  • Gaining confidence
  • Networking
  • Meeting mentors
  • Getting hired

NOVA supports students looking for internships through the College Central Network (CCN). CCN is a database that allows employers to post internships and jobs and NOVA students and alumni to search and apply for those positions.

To learn all about CCN and how to use it, view this video:

Having difficulties logging into CCN, contact novacareerservices@nvcc.edu or 703-503-6305.

Interested in an internship for college credit?  Contact Pat Gordon at pgordon@nvcc.edu or 703-933-1851 for more information.

Having difficulty finding just the right internship in CCN, check these websites out:

http://www.internships.com/student                                                                       https://www.idealist.org/en/?type=ALL                                                                 http://www.experience.com/entry-level-jobs/internships/                       https://www.indeed.com/                                                                                               http://wiidc.org/

Sources                                                                                                                                     Colorado State University                                                                                           https://csuglobal.edu/blog/why-internships-are-important-and-how-to-find-one                                                                                                   Eastern Nazarene College                                                     http://blog.enc.edu/8-reasons-why-every-college-student-needs-an-internship      

Child Care Resources: Nonprofit Centers & Head Start

Among community college students who are parents, quality and affordable child care tends to be one of the biggest obstacles to college access and success!

Below are various child care resources in Northern Virginia:

Alexandria City

Alive! Child Development Center                                                                                      (https://www.alive-inc.org/cdc.htm)                                                                          ALIVE! Child Development Center is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide high-quality, affordable early care and education to children in Alexandria’s low-income working families. Fees are based on family income and size, and tuition assistance is available.

Hopkins House Preschool Academies (https://www.hopkinshousepreschools.org/)                                                       Hopkins House is a nonprofit with 3 locations in Northern Virginia (Alexandria City, South County in Fairfax, and Herndon). Their mission  is to provide high-quality, high-impact learning opportunities to children and their families, regardless of income, to help them achieve, in measurable, effective ways, their full intellectual, economic, and social potential. Hopkins House offers scholarships and tuition assistance.

The Campagna Center                                                                                                        (http://www.campagnacenter.org/programs/early-childhood)                The Campagna Center operates Head Start in Alexandria City, offering classes accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and star-rated by the state of Virginia. They provide high-quality early childhood education and wellness support to over 500 low-income families with children from newborn to five years old.

The Child & Family Network Centers                                                                              (http://cfnc-online.org/)                                                                                                    A network of 8 free, high-quality bi-lingual preschools in Alexandria that provide low-income children with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. To be eligible for enrollment families must meet certain income guidelines. All classrooms are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and/or are Virginia Quality star-rated.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Arlington County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Fairfax County

ACCA Child Development Center                          (http://www.accacdc.org/)                                                                                   ACCA CDC is a nonprofit program in Annandale whose mission is to provide affordable, high-quality early education and developmentally-appropriate care for children ages 3 months to 5 years in a safe, healthy, and diverse environment. ACCA works with Fairfax County Child Care Assistance and Referrals.

Hopkins House Preschool Academies (https://www.hopkinshousepreschools.org/)                                                       Hopkins House is a nonprofit with 3 locations in Northern Virginia (Alexandria City, South County in Fairfax, and Herndon). Their mission  is to provide high-quality, high-impact learning opportunities to children and their families, regardless of income, to help them achieve, in measurable, effective ways, their full intellectual, economic, and social potential. Hopkins House offers scholarships and tuition assistance.

Laurel Learning Center (https://www.cornerstonesva.org/services/childcare-youth-services/affordable-childcare/)                                                                                   Cornerstones is a nonprofit that has been offering comprehensive family services, and childcare at the Laurel Learning Center in Reston since 1977. The majority of childcare slots at Laurel Learning Center are reserved for working families receiving childcare subsidies from Fairfax County.

Main Street Child Development Center                                                                       (http://www.mainstreetcdc.org/)                                                                               The center provides high-quality, comprehensive early childhood education programs and support services to empower children and their families, regardless of their financial circumstances. Main Street is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a distinction held by less than 10 percent of childcare centers nationwide. Lower income working or studying parents pay tuition based on a sliding scale according to the subsidy fee system of the Fairfax County Office for Children and the City of Fairfax.

UCM Early Learning Center                                                                                               (http://www.ucmagency.org/ucm-early-learning-center.html)                  United Community Ministries Early Learning Center is a nonprofit in the South County area of Fairfax, which creates positive classroom experiences that encourage children’s curiosity and holistically further development. UCM also provides holistic services to families of children attending the center.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Falls Church 

Easter Seals Early Care & Education                                                                              (http://www.easterseals.com/DCMDVA/our-programs/childrens-services/child-development-center-of.html)                                                       This inclusive nonprofit early education center has been serving the community for over 40 years, provides exceptional services for children with and without disabilities and their families. Their learning culture is based on the Creative Curriculum System and Teaching Strategies’ Gold–promoting a strong emphasis on Kindergarten readiness. Easter Seals also has their own scholarship program – “Little Warriors”.

Homestretch: Kidstretch Program                                                                              (http://homestretchva.org/kidstretch/)                                                                 Kidstretch is a state-licensed preschool program that provides high-quality early childhood education for children ages three to five years old. The program is designed to help children build the foundation they need emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically as they prepare for the transition to kindergarten. Kidstretch is a registered provider with Fairfax County’s Child Care Assistance and Referral Program.

Seven Corners Children’s Center                                                                                (http://sevencornerschildrenscenter.org/)                                                            This nonprofit center was founded in 1971 with the mission  to provide a quality, affordable, comprehensive program in a nurturing, educational environment to low to moderate income children. Seven Corners Children’s Center provides holistic support, including medical screening, free books, and meals. The center works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program.

Loudoun County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Prince William County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

Students may contact Jeannette Bilgera (jbilgera@nvcc.edu or 703-933-8062) to see if they may be eligible for Child Care Assistance through the state of Virginia and receive help filling out the application.

Community Spotlight: Family Clothing Closet

Women Giving Back was founded in June 2007 with the goal of helping transitionally homeless women and children get on their feet with clothes to help them enter the workplace and fit in at school. They continue to serve women and children in need across Northern Virginia.

When you enter Women Giving Back you feel you just stepped into a cute boutique clothing shop. The staff and volunteers are warm and welcoming!

The space is child friendly. Kids can entertain themselves in the play area while mothers shop.

Mothers can pick up to 50 items of women’s and children’s clothing, plus shoes, accessories, and toiletries. The also have maternity clothes.

If you are in need of clothing for yourself and/or your children, contact Pathways’ staff member, Jeannette Bilgera, regarding a referral to Women Giving Back at jbilgera@nvcc.edu or 703-933-8062. They are located in Sterling;  however, serve the entire Northern Virginia area. If you need assistance with transportation, let Jeannette know.

www.http://womengivingback.org/

Open & Upcoming Student Scholarships

Did you know the average in-state tuition at a community college is $3,500 per year and $9,500 at a public four year university? These amounts do not even cover books, parking, housing, and meal plans. As the cost of college continues to rise, it becomes more and more important students seek out forms of financial assistance to keep their debt down!

Dual Generational Pathways is here to help by searching for scholarships and offering essay writing assistance to Pathway to the Baccalaureate students who are parents. Check out the scholarships below and if you need assistance with essay writing contact us at 703-323-2181 or jpocai@nvcc.edu.

GENERATION HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility Overview: teen parent, 25 or younger, raising or actively involved in child’s life, planning to take at least 6 credits per semester, U.S. citizen, legal resident, or DACA                                                   Deadline: Closes April 1st, 2017                                                                                 Amount: $1,200 per year at community college                                                Website: http://supportgenerationhope.org/scholar-application/

 

THE ESPERANZA EDUCATION FUND

Eligibility Overview: born outside the U.S. or both parents born outside the U.S., planning on enrolling full-time, graduating senior  or recent GED graduate from the D.C. area                                                               Deadline: Closes April 1st, 2017                                                                                 Amount: from $5,000 to $20,000                                                                                Website: http://www.esperanzafund.org/about-our-scholarship/

 

THE AGNES JONES JACKSON SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility Overview: member of NAACP, U.S. citizen, 24 or younger, financial need, full-time student, 2.5 or higher GPA                                         Deadline: Closes April 28th, 2017                                                                              Amount: Up to $2,000                                                                                                      Website: http://www.poisefoundation.org/the-agnes-jones-jackson-scholarship

 

ROBERT CHAMBERS IV & GOALS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Eligibility Overview: minority, high school senior in good standing       Deadline: Closes May 1st, 2017                                                                                   Amount: $1,000                                                                                                                     Website: http://www.poisefoundation.org/robert-chambers-iv-goals-scholarship-fund

 

PATSY TAKEMOTO MINK EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Eligibility Overview: mother with minor child, at least 17, financial need                                                                                                                         Deadline: Opens in April 2017                                                                                     Amount: Up to $5,000                                                                                           Website: http://patsyminkfoundation.org/edsupport.html

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WOMEN’S INDEPENDENCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, INC.

Eligibility Overview: survivor of intimate partner abuse, has separated from abuser for at least one year but not more than seven, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, financial need, has sought services for domestic violence for at least 6 months and staff from this organization are willing to act as mentor                                                      Deadline: ongoing                                                                                                               Website: http://www.wispinc.org/

College Board. (n.d.). College costs: FAQs. Retrieved from: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/college-costs/college-costs-faqs

Stressed About Your Finances? Financial Supports/Services at NOVA

If you are a  college student and worried about your finances, you’re not alone! A national study conducted by Ohio State University found that 70% of college students were stressed about their finances.

NOVA and the Pathways programs are working to find ways to support students through financial difficulties, so they can stay in school and be successful.

Highlighted services and resources:

Tax Preparation Assistance: Haven’t filled your taxes yet? It’s  not too late to get help! NOVA is offering free tax preparation workshops through April 10th. Learn more here – https://blogs.nvcc.edu/wssn/tax-preparation/

Free Financial Coaching: Financial coaching can cost $50-$250 dollars per hour. NOVA offers its students access to an Accredited Financial Counselor who holds an M.S. in Personal Financial Planning for free!  You can contact our coach, Diana Yacob, at 703-228-7488 or dyacob@afsc.com.

Campus Food Pantries: Did you know there was a food pantry on each of NOVA’s six campuses? The pantries provide food and basic necessities to NOVA students at no cost.

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Supplemental Financial Aid: Federal Financial Aid alone may not be enough to sustain some students while they pursue their college credential. If that is the case, students can  look into whether they are eligible for other financial support programs like Child Care Assistance and Supplementary Nutrition Assistance. NOVA has two specially trained staff members to assist students one-on-one with filling out Virginia’s CommonHelp application.

Pathway Students Only:                                                                                 Jeannette Bilgera   jbilgera@nvcc.edu or 703-933-8062                        All NOVA Students:                                                                                              Rachelle Thompson  rpthompson@nvcc.edu or 703-503-6240

Student Emergency Grant: NOVA’s Working Students Success Network offers an emergency grant for NOVA students facing financial emergencies that endanger their ability to stay enrolled. To learn more go to https://blogs.nvcc.edu/wssn/student-emergency-grant/

Referenced                                                                                                                          The Ohio State University. (2015). 70 percent of college students stressed about finances. Retrieved from https://news.osu.edu/news/2015/07/01/financial-wellness/

 

New Pathway Parenting-Student Emergency Grant

PATHWAY TO THE BACCALAUREATE (PtB)

2017 PARENTING-STUDENT EMERGENCY GRANT

The PtB Parenting-Student Emergency Grant at Northern Virginia Community College operates to provide one-time financial support to Pathway student who are parents experiencing an enrollment-threatening financial emergency. Emergency funds are not intended to pay for routine education expenses and are only allocated for sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and would otherwise impact a student’s ability to remain enrolled at NOVA. Funds are not available for tuition, fees, or books. The maximum award is $500 per student. This grant is made possible by funding from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

EXAMPLES OF EMERGENCIES

  • Temporary loss of job or income
  • Homelessness or sudden loss of housing
  • Fire in living quarters
  • Theft of computer, books, clothing, or other essential belongings
  • Medical/dental emergency
  • Food or transportation needs
  • Loss of child care

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to apply for the PtB Parenting-Student Emergency Grant, you must:

  • Be a student in NOVA’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate program
  • Be a parent raising or actively involved in your child(ren)’s life/lives
  • Be enrolled in classes at NOVA during the semester in which the funds would apply
  • Be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress, with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Provide documentation of the emergency
  • Not have already received emergency funds during the current calendar yearEmergency Grant for Pathway Parenting StudentsEmergency Grant for Pathway Parenting Students

EXCEPTIONS         

Emergency assistance to students not in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress will be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.

MAXIMUM ALLOTMENT

The maximum grant administered per person may be up to $500 based upon availability of funds.

GRANT DISBURSEMENT & PAYMENT

Grant payments will be disbursed through the NVCC Educational Foundation and will be paid via check directly to a third party provider. For example, if a student needs to pay a past due utility bill or electricity will be terminated, the funds would be paid directly to the electricity company on behalf of the student.

STUDENT PARTICIPATION

Students who receive emergency grant funds agree to actively participate in Pathway to the Baccalaureate’s Dual Generational Pathways – a special initiative for PtB students who are parents. Students will commit to attending a minimum of 3 Dual Generational Pathways events within 6 months of receiving the emergency funding, engaging in Dual Generational Pathways student leadership activities while at NOVA, and being responsive to Pathways staff emails and phone calls.

APPLICATION STEPS

  1. Complete the online grant application – https://goo.gl/NMXfSW
  2. Begin actively participating in Dual Generational Pathways’ events and leadership activities. To learn about upcoming events and activities go to nvcc.edu/dualgen or contact dualgen@nvcc.edu.
  3. A Dual Generational Pathways Grant Project Manager will get in touch with you regarding your application submission and what to expect next.

Emergency Grant for Pathway Parenting Students