College/Trade School Readiness

College/Trade School Readiness

In our mission to empower LGBTQ youth for the future, we recognize that higher education can have many different meanings.

Our six-week Access to Higher Education project offers individual support to youth that wish to go the college route.  One of our Higher Education Specialists provides each young person with an individual assessment to give them the tools they need to find the school that is right for them. We do this by helping with analyzing transcripts, planning for remaining high school goals, touring several local colleges, providing support with applications and pre-test requirement (ie:SAT’s) and more.

A few of the topics covered include:

  • Why Higher Education?
  • How to Gain Entry for College
  • Assessment of Grade Levels and Preparation
  • Courses that Matter for College
  • How to Apply for College

Here are a few outcomes of the Access to Higher Education project:

  • 30 youth participated in the initial 6 weeks program.
  • 19 youth attended a workshop on planning for their academic and professional future.
  • 12 students attended the campus tour of UNLV. Students had the opportunity to learn about the admissions process and how to be competitive. The students received a campus tour, interacted with members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning college campus student organization Spectrum and also attended a graduate seminar that focuses on preparing the next generation of student affairs leaders.
  • All of the seniors that The Center paid for their undergraduate college applications gained admissions into one or more colleges/universities. All of the students are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education; some are the first to graduate from high school.
  • To illustrate the impact of the program, three of the high school seniors received high ACT scores: One student received a perfect score on his national standard exam, another received a 32, and the third received a 23 on his exam.
  • Six seniors applied and were subsequently admitted to multiple in-state and out-of-state schools.
  • Several of the high school students received higher grades as a result of developing stronger academic goals and addressing some of their personal and familial circumstances with the Higher Education Specialist.

If college isn’t the right fit for you, The Center and QVolution partner with the community to provide opportunities in alternative education.  Quarterly we have workshops with community partners to offer information on careers in Culinary, IT, Customer Service, etc.  We also work with several organizations that have job placement programs and internships.

Annually, The Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire Inc. offers a scholarship opportunity for the youth of QVolution.  Additionally, we partner with Cox Communications and their Diversity Scholarship. Young people that are interested are encouraged to fill out an application when the scholarship is released.