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By Alazia Williams SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)—
When you walk into the On Point for College office you see photos of students in their graduation cap and gown, in professional head shots with a short biography of their accomplishments. This is what On Point is all about. What started off as a simple act of kindness back in 1999 has grown into a non-profit organization in Central New York that has touched the lives of many.
On Point for College, Incorporated’s mission is to break down barriers that prevent young, underserved individuals from achieving education and career success.
Research has shown that if a student’s parents didn’t go to college, the student is half as likely to attend college. Over 90 percent of On Point for College students are first-generation college students.
On Point takes pride in having an open enrollment program which means, they have never turned a student away. That policy has allowed nearly eight thousand students to enroll in college with the support of OPFC.
OPFC also assists adults who have been involved with the court system, who are in recovery, or who are seeking a new path.
The clients either come from low-income students whose families believe college is financially impossible, high school graduates or GED recipients and, young adults who have no parent in their lives, including those who are homeless, aging out of foster care, and refugees.
Meagan Meher, Program intern at On Point says there is not much the program will not do for the students, from needing a ride to and from school to helping with tuition. You name it, On Point provides it. Maher also said she looks forward to going to work everyday, and that it is great to see the lives that On Point has changed.