College Access Program

college-visit-4P4K’s college access program is the final stepping stone on our pathway of “kindergarten to careers” programming. It is divided into two phases which include 1. post-secondary prep and 2. post-secondary support.   Through this programming, our ultimate goals are to help all P4K students access some type of post-secondary education, ensure they complete their degree/certificate programs and overcome barriers to their academic success.

 Phase 1: Post-Secondary Prep (Grades 11 & 12)

P4K Post-Secondary Prep provides critical services to 11th and 12th grade students who successfully completed the P4K high school group mentoring program. We ensure these students have continued contact with P4K staff, they are aware of their post-secondary options, and that they have the necessary materials and know-how to apply to a post-secondary institution. Provided services include:

  • Individual student case management and priority referrals to P4K’s partner programs such as College Possible, Avenue Scholars, Teammates and Boys and Girls Club of Omaha
  • ACT preparation and financial aid workshops and assistance
  • College tours and exposure to various post-secondary and career options
  • College application assistance, scholarship support, and letters of recommendation from P4K staffdiploma

Phase 2: Post-Secondary Support (P4K College Scholarship Recipients)

P4K Post-Secondary Support provides P4K college scholarship recipients with the resources and encouragement they need to be successful in their post-secondary endeavors. Provided services include:

Summer Bridge Seminar

A requirement for all incoming P4K scholarship recipients, this post-secondary success workshop covers best practices for time management, professional communication, high school/college transition, financial literacy and budgeting. A panel of P4K second-year students also presents to the incoming students on lessons learned and tips for success.

Peer Mentoring Support

P4K first-year students enrolled at UNL and UNO are given the opportunity to be matched with an older student at their university for support. This peer mentoring component includes social opportunities for the peer matches to participate in as well as scheduled, monthly meet-ups to navigate any issues first-year students are having and also include match social outings and mixers.

Academic Support & Resources

All students are connected to on-campus resources such as TRIO, Student Support Services, and One-on-One Navigators (for Metropolitan Community College students). Program staff complete monthly check-ins, sponsor study sessions, and complete Academic Improvement Plans for students with a term grade under a 2.0 GPA.

Campus Connections

These program-sponsored campus events are offered throughout the year to help students engage and connect more with their universities and build peer support.

Case Management

Through these monthly check-in sessions with P4K staff, students receive support, referrals and interventions that support their academic success and personal well-being.

Job Readiness & Job Shadowing

Students are able to advance their professional knowledge and experience through resume writing sessions and job shadowing opportunities within a network of careers and company contacts.

Career Exploration & Job Placement

We assist in placing college students into career internships and job opportunities within their major/careers of interest. Students can also participate in career interest inventories/career exploration sessions and professional networking events.


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Partnership 4 Kids proudly participates in the AmeriCorps network of programs.

P4K Scholar Success Stories
Since 1998, the Partnership’s scholarship program has had more than 100 students graduate with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree and many have gone on to pursue their master’s and doctoral degrees. These students often credit the Partnership staff for lending the hand that has helped them to reach their dreams. Read about some of our successful alums below:

Kara Student Alum and former P4K staff member
Partnership 4 Kids has taught me how to be the best that I can be without altering my morals and values,” Kara says. “I advise students to surround themselves with positive people who support their dreams and to always look forward to a brighter future. Click here to read more about Kara’s story…
Daryesse Partnership 4 Kids College Scholarship Recipient
The staff really cares about us and our education. They are concerned about whether or not we are going to college and they are willing to push us to our fullest length. Click here to read more about Daryesse’s story…
Ozzie Partnership 4 Kids College Scholarship Recipient
School is power and it is what is going to get you where you want to go. Click here to read more of Ozzie’s story…