Avenue Scholars

The mission of Avenue Scholars Foundation (ASF) is to ensure careers for committed students of hope and need through education/training and supportive relationships.  The Avenue Scholars program provides comprehensive, individualized support services to help students from low-income backgrounds identify, persist toward, and ultimately enter financially sustaining careers.

The core attributes of the program are the long-term, comprehensive support provided to each Avenue Scholar and an intensive focus on career attainment.  Each Avenue Scholar is assigned to a dedicated ASF staff member called a Career Coach, who guides students’ personal and career-related development during their junior and senior years of high school (High School Career Coach) or during their postsecondary education/training and into a career (Postsecondary Career Coach).  Program participants also receive support from ASF’s Business Outreach Team, which engages area businesses in order to provide career exploration, preparation, and placement opportunities, as well as our Student Support Team, which provides training and resources to help students meet individual social and emotional needs.

Students are selected for the program based on financial need (eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunches or a federal Pell Grant) and interest in a high-demand vocational/technical career field.

ASF currently serves students in eight metro-area high schools (Omaha Benson, Omaha Bryan, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest, Omaha South, Millard South, Ralston, and Papillion-LaVista), on three Metropolitan Community College campuses (Fort Omaha, South Omaha, and Elkhorn Valley), and in businesses throughout the community.

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